Australia has said Russia was responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH1 in 2014 and that taking the matter to ICAO would be a step forward.
UN aviation council to hear MH17 case against Russia
The United Nations aviation council has voted to hear a case against Russia over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, the foreign ministers of Australia and the Netherlands have announced.
Australia and the Netherlands initiated the action over MH17 last year at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The passenger jet was struck over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in 2014 by what international investigators and prosecutors say was a Russian-made surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 people on board.
Australia has said Russia was responsible under international law and that taking the matter to ICAO would be a step forward in the fight for victims who included 38 Australians.
The ICAO upheld its jurisdiction to hear the matter during a session on Friday, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said in a written statement.