in mid-July submitted a draft resolution on setting up the tribunal
to the U.N. But Russia soon made it clear that it would oppose the
measure, with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16 describing
any such tribunal as “counterproductive and premature.” Russia
was the only country on the 15-member U.N. Security Council to oppose
In explaining Russia’s decision, Russia’s Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin reiterated earlier statements that a tribunal would be premature and also questioned whether the investigation into the tragedy could “resist the propaganda” from Western media.
U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. Samantha Power hit back, vowing that “no veto will stand in the way” of getting justice for the victims and slamming Russia for having “callously disregarded the public outcry in the affected nations” and “frustrated international peace.”