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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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To Mock Elon Musk, Russia Launched a Toy Car into Space

Rogozin is known for his rivalry with Musk which often comes out publicly as sarcastic banters

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In response to Musk's space stunt, the team from Russia's Tomsk State University launched a toy replica of the red Zhiguli car. Flickr

Mocking SpaceX CEO Elon Musk launched a Tesla car into space in 2018, Russian scientists sent their own red car outside the Earth, but the car was actually just a toy.

In February 2018, SpaceX launched its reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle — Falcon Heavy for the first time along with a cherry-red Tesla Roadster with a mannequin called ‘Starman’ behind the wheel.

In response to Musk’s space stunt, the team from Russia’s Tomsk State University launched a toy replica of the red Zhiguli car owned by Dmitry Rogozin, who serves as the Director General of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, Futurism reported on Friday.

Rogozin is known for his rivalry with Musk which often comes out publicly as sarcastic banters on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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Mocking SpaceX CEO Elon Musk launched a Tesla car into space in 2018. Pixabay

Along with the toy car, the Russian scientists also put a tiny cut-out of a smiling Rogozin in the driver’s seat.

Unlike ‘Starman’, however, the Rogozin replica returned to the Earth and landed an estimated 2,000 kilometres away from its launch site after about 16 hours of flight, the report said.

Russia’s space mockery targeting Musk was executed just days after Rogozin said he would not hire Musk to get help with reusable rocketry.

While Rogozin has not met Musk as yet, he frequently reacts publicly to the SpaceX CEO’s tweets and slams SpaceX over ‘killing competitors’.

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Rogozin said he would gladly meet the multi-billionaire if he ever comes to Russia for a private visit. (IANS)