Russia urges stakeholders to be patient over probe into downing of MH17

A pro-Russian separatist standing at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, is seen in this July 18, 2014 file photo.
A pro-Russian separatist standing at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, is seen in this July 18, 2014 file photo.PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Russia has urged all stakeholders to wait for the conclusion of the ongoing investigations into the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 tragedy before taking any further steps.

"Before anything else, the investigations must be completed and it must be completed with full respect to the demand of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166, which is not yet being implemented," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after talks with Foreign Minister Anifah Aman at the PWTC.

Mr Lavrov said a full implementation of Resolution 2166 would allow the investigative body to submit a comprehensive report to ensure that the public will know the truth.

"This is important especially to the citizens of Malaysia and other countries who died in the terrible incident and to allow the culprits to be brought to justice," he said.

Earlier, Australia stated that it remained determined to seek justice for the victims of MH17 and that it would work with Malaysia to set up an effective prosecution model to try those responsible.

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the nation was committed to the implementation of the UN resolution which demands that those responsible for the incident be held accountable and that all states fully cooperate with efforts to ensure accountability.

"We thank Malaysia for efforts to establish an ad-hoc international crimes tribunal through the UNSC to try those responsible for the bringing down of MH17.

"We deeply appreciate Malaysia's efforts, we deeply regret Russia's veto of the draft resolution on July 29," she said in her opening remarks at an Asean-Australia dialogue.

"We will not allow impunity when it comes to the bringing down of a commercial airline in commercial airspace with innocent victims on board.

"It sends a dangerous message to terrorists and non-state actors that the community is too weak to unite to resolve the crime," said Ms Bishop.

Flight MH17 was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on July 17, 2014 when it was downed over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, including 39 Australians.