UNITED NATIONS, United States- The UN Security Council is expected on Monday to adopt a resolution demanding that pro-Russian separatists grant unrestricted access to the site of the downed passenger jet in east Ukraine.
Australia is taking the lead on the measure that calls on all countries in the region to cooperate with an international investigation, an appeal that implicitly targets Russia.
The draft resolution seen by AFP demands that all military activities, including by armed groups, be “immediately ceased in the immediate area surrounding the crash site to allow for security and safety of the international investigation.”
A vote is set for Monday at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT).
Russia, as a permanent member of the Security Council, has the right to exercise its veto power to scrap the resolution, but diplomats said late Sunday that an agreement appeared within reach.
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said “some ambiguities” remained in the draft and stressed the need for an “impartial” investigation.
Britain complained that the objections being raised by Russia were likely delaying tactics.
“There is no reason why everybody in the Council could not support this resolution,” Australian Ambassador Gary Quinlan said Sunday.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is believed to have been blown out of the sky Thursday by a surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 passengers and crew. Among the dead are 28 Australian citizens.