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In the opinion of the Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson, Estonia should support and actively contribute to creating an international tribunal to investigate the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 passenger plane in the air space of East Ukraine on 17 July last year.

“The perpetrators and accomplices of this horrible crime that took the lives of nearly three hundred persons must not remain unpunished,” Mihkelson said. Therefore the establishing of an international tribunal is especially important in his opinion. “All attempts to hinder the creating of the tribunal must be regarded as assisting the commission of this crime,” Mihkelson said.

Mihkelson recalled that the tragedy with the Malaysian passenger flight had created the preconditions for the emergence of an all-European consensus, which in turn had brought along the imposing of harsher sanctions against Russia. “These sanctions are in force also today. Unfortunately Russia has not shown even the slightest readiness to give up its aggressive intentions against Ukraine,” Mihkelson emphasised.

“The tragedy with the Malaysian passenger plane would certainly never have taken place if Russia had not started its aggression against Ukraine. By today several independent investigators have ascertained that the plane was shot down with a surface-to-air missile Buk M-1, and that the separatists supported by Russia are involved,” Mihkelson said, and added that the ascertaining of the truth and the perpetrators and bringing them to justice will have a great impact on further developments in East Ukraine.

Malaysian Airlines plane Boeing 777 was shot down exactly one year ago in East Ukraine. All 298 people on board perished. Malaysia has made an official proposal to establish a United Nations tribunal to investigate the crime.

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