Russia has rejected calls at the United Nations to accept responsibility for the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine after an investigation found that a Russian Army missile caused the explosion that killed all 298 people on board.
At a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine late on May 29, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok called on Moscow to accept the findings of a Dutch-led investigative team that the airliner was shot down by a Russian-made Buk missile provided by Russia’s 53rd Antiaircraft Missile Brigade based in the city of Kursk.
“The language of ultimatums is not something that anyone will be allowed to use when speaking to Russia,” Russia’s UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya responded.
“We cannot accept the unfounded conclusion of the JIT,” he said, referring to the Dutch-led Joint investigation Team.
Separately, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on a visit to Minsk on May 29 also rejected what he called “ultimatums” from the Netherlands and Australia over compensation for relatives of people killed in the incident.