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Russian veto expected as Security Council votes on tribunal for downing of Malaysian plane

  • Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, center, raises his hand to cast a vote to veto a draft resolution in the Security Council that would create a tribunal to prosecute those found responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, center, raises his hand to cast a vote to veto a draft resolution in the Security Council that would create a tribunal to prosecute those found responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport of Malaysia, speaks before a vote on a draft resolution in the Security Council to create a tribunal to prosecute those found responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport of Malaysia, speaks before a vote on a draft resolution in the Security Council to create a tribunal to prosecute those found responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.N. Security Council members vote on a draft resolution in the Security Council and vetoed by Russia, that would have created a tribunal to prosecute those found responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    U.N. Security Council members vote on a draft resolution in the Security Council and vetoed by Russia, that would have created a tribunal to prosecute those found responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

Russia on Wednesday is expected to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution to set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago.

The foreign ministers of the Netherlands, Australia and Ukraine will address what is likely to be an emotional meeting over the downing that killed all 298 people on board Flight MH17. The countries are among the five nations investigating the incident.

Ukraine and the West suspect the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missile fired by Russian soldiers or Russia-backed separatist rebels. Russia denies that.

Russia has said it opposes the resolution, and it offered its own draft that demanded justice for those responsible for the crash without calling for a tribunal.