January 27, 2023

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Russia vetoes UN resolution against its annexation in Ukraine | World | T.W.

On Friday (09.30.2022), Russia used its veto right to condemn the rigged referendums organized in four Ukrainian regions and annexation by Moscow in violation of international law. Suspended a resolution in the Security Council.

The Russian delegation was singled out against the resolution, which was supported by ten of the fifteen countries on the Security Council, while China, India, Brazil and Gabon abstained.

The vote came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed documents in the Kremlin to annex the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson, which make up 15% of Ukraine’s territory, and are partially controlled by Russian forces.

They demand the withdrawal of the occupying forces

A resolution tabled by the United States and Albania at the United Nations condemned the “illegal” fake referendums held in the four regions, called on the international community not to recognize any change in their position and to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine.

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield stressed that the Security Council was created precisely because the organization has a duty to act against these Russian movements and to defend the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity. Based on the United Nations.

“You can’t go door-to-door and force people at gunpoint to vote for your fake referendum. You can’t forcefully take over the territory of another UN member state and claim it as yours,” Thomas-Greenfield insisted after the vote.

Russia was left alone

The U.S. representative and her British counterpart, Barbara Woodward, highlighted Russia’s isolation, noting that no other country voted with it, and Thomas-Greenfield, even those who did not vote, expressed concern about what the Kremlin was doing in Ukraine.

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China, which has sought to maintain a more or less even-keeled stance since the outbreak of the conflict, reiterated today that it believes “sovereignty and territorial integrity” should be respected, but again refrained from openly criticizing Moscow, recalling “legitimate concerns”. In addressing Russian objections to NATO expansion, the security of all parties must be taken into account.

Meanwhile, Brazil and India felt the resolution did nothing to ease tensions and made dialogue, which they consider necessary to end the war, even more difficult.

After the Russian veto, the US confirmed it now plans to take the text to the UN General Assembly, where Moscow is unlikely to block it and the invasion has already been widely condemned, but its resolutions carry less weight.

jc (afp, efe)