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Russia rejects calls at UN to accept responsibility for downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine

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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 was used in the attack.

At a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok called on Moscow to accept the findings that the airliner was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile provided by a brigade based in the Russian city of Kursk.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the Council that they cannot accept the unfounded conclusion of the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team.

All 298 people on the Malaysia Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed when the missile slammed into the plane as it flew over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley voiced strong support for the Dutch and Australian call on Russia to acknowledge its role in the tragedy and help bring to account those responsible for the shooting down.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said his country will present documents to the International Court of Justice next month showing that Russia is violating anti-terrorism agreements.

Diplomats say Russia, a veto-wielding power at the council, has blocked attempts to step up UN involvement in efforts to end the conflict.


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