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Russia vetoes international tribunal on MH 17 crash, says ready to assist in investigation

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Moscow: Russia has vetoed a draft resolution to set up up an international tribunal to look into the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight in Ukraine last year, a media report said on Thursday.

Eleven UN Security Council (UNSC) members on Wednesday voted in support of the Malaysia-proposed draft resolution, with Angola, Venezuela and China abstaining, RT news reported.

This was enough for the resolution to pass, but Russia applied its veto right as a permanent UNSC member.

Despite the veto, Moscow is ready to assist the investigation into the reasons behind the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said.

“Russia stands ready to cooperate in the conduct of a full, independent, and objective investigation of the reasons and circumstances of the crash,” he said.

Churkin added that Russia repeatedly said that it would not support the tribunal “due to the fact that the UNSC resolution did not qualify the Boeing tragedy as a threat to international peace and security”.

“It is difficult to explain how the event, which wasn’t considered a threat to international peace and security a year ago, now suddenly becomes one,” he said.

The Malaysian Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region on July 17 2014, killing all 298 people on-board.

Pro-Russian rebels in the area have denied shooting down the aircraft.

Western nations and Ukraine have said there is evidence it was hit by a Russian-supplied Buk anti-aircraft missile – a claim denied by Russia.

(IANS)

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Russian Parliament Plans to Bring a Bill to Ship Devices With Pre-Installed Russian Apps

The government will also publish, per each device type, a list of Russian software that equipment vendors will need to include on devices sold in Russia

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The government will also publish, per each device type, a list of Russian software that equipment vendors will need to include on Devices sold in Russia. Pixabay

Aiming to protect Russian software firms from being “abused” by foreign technology companies, the Russian Parliament is now mulling to bring a bill that will force all Electronic Devices sold in the country, including smartphones, computers and smart TVs, to ship with apps from Russian tech firms pre installed in them.

If the bill is approved, the Russian government will publish a list of electronic devices that will need to comply with this new law. However, devices that don’t run a complex operating system OS or custom software will be exempted.

According to lawmakers, “the bill will protect the interests of Russian Internet companies and will reduce the abuse by large foreign companies, working in the field of information technology”, ZDNet reported recently.

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Aiming to protect Russian software firms from being “abused” by foreign technology companies, the Russian Parliament is now mulling to bring a bill that will force all Electronic Devices sold in the country, including Laptops, smartphones, computers and smart TVs, to ship with apps from Russian tech firms pre installed in them. Pixabay

The government will also publish, per each device type, a list of Russian software that equipment vendors will need to include on devices sold in Russia.

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The firms who fail to comply would be eligible for fines of up to 200,000 rubles or roughly $3,100, and an eventual ban, following repeated offences, the report added. (IANS)