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Russia vetoes Security Council resolution condemning Ukraine’s plot to annex regions


The draft resolution, circulated by the United States and Albania, was supported by ten of the fifteen members of the Council, with Russia voting against. The four members who abstained are Brazil, China, Gabon and India.

The draft describes so-called referendums held by Russia in four regions of Ukraine that Moscow now considers sovereign territory – Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya – as illegal and an attempt to amend the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine.

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It calls on all states, international organizations and agencies not to recognize Russia’s declaration of annexation, and calls on Russia to “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all forces its military” from the territory of Ukraine.

Due to Russia’s veto, after a New procedure passed at the UN General Assembly in April, the General Assembly must now meet automatically within ten days for the 193-member body to scrutinize and comment on the vote. Any use of a veto by any of the five permanent members of the Council triggers a meeting.

On Thursday, UN Secretary General António Guterres condemned the annexation plan as a violation of international law, warning that it marked a “dangerous escalation” in the seven-month war that began with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on May 24. 2.

“The charter is clear,” the head of the United Nations said. “Any annexation of the territory of a State by another State through the threat or use of force is a violation of the Principles of uncharted“.

Speaking ahead of the vote, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said the referendums were a “fake”, predetermined in Moscow, “held behind the barrel of a Russian gun.”

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Maintaining Peace and Security of Ukraine.

UN photo / Laura Jarriel

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Maintaining Peace and Security of Ukraine.

Defending Sacred Principles: US

“We are all concerned with upholding the sacred principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, and safeguarding peace in our modern world,” she told the ambassadors.

“We all understand the implications for our borders, our economy and our nation, if these principles are set aside.

“It’s about our collective security, our shared responsibility to maintain international peace and security… This is what this agency is here to do,” she said.

Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia of the Russian Federation speaks at the meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the Maintenance of Peace and Security of Ukraine.

UN photo / Laura Jarriel

Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia of the Russian Federation speaks at the meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the Maintenance of Peace and Security of Ukraine.

‘No turning back’: Nga

In response to Russia, Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya accused the drafters of the resolution of a “low-level provocation” aimed at forcing his country to use its veto power.

“Such openly hostile acts against the West are a refusal to participate and cooperate in the Council, a rejection of the practices and experiences gained over the years.”

He said he received “strong” support from residents in the four regions Russia now claims. “Residents of these regions do not want to return to Ukraine. They have made an informed and free choice that benefits our country. “

He said that the results of the so-called referendum have been recognized by international observers, and now, after being approved by the Russian Parliament and by presidential decrees, “there will be no What comes back, as today’s draft resolution will try to impose.”

‘Urgent’ needed to tackle fallout from Nord Stream pipeline leak

Security Council Members were in the room Friday afternoon in New York, to discuss this week’s Nord Stream pipeline explosions, which the NATO military alliance and others, believe could be an act of sabotage. ruin.

Earlier, President Putin accused the West of being responsible for damaging undersea natural gas pipelines built by Russia – an allegation strongly denied by the United States and its allies.

Ambassador on behalf of the United Nations, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), said that while the causes of the four leaks are under investigation, “it is equally urgent to address the consequences of these leaks.”

Navid Hanif by DESA, the UN is in no position to confirm or confirm any of the details reported regarding the leaks discovered on Monday. Their Nord Steam 1 and 2 pipelines are at the heart of the European energy supply crisis stemming from Russia’s February invasion, and neither are gas pipelines to European nations. active at this time.

Mr. Hanif said three main effects of the leak, starting from increasing pressure on the global energy market.

“The incident could exacerbate high price volatility in energy markets in Europe and around the world,” he said, adding that the potential harm to the environment is an issue. other needs attention.

Methane risk

The release of hundreds of millions of cubic meters of gas, he said, “would lead to hundreds of thousands of tons of methane,” a gas that is “80 times more efficient at warming the planet than carbon dioxide.”

Finally, he said the pipeline explosions also show “unequivocally” how vulnerable critical energy infrastructure is, in a time of such global crisis.

It shows how important it is to move to a “clean, resilient, sustainable energy system, while ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable energy,” he said. reliable and sustainable for all”.

Finally, he told the Council that any attack on civilian infrastructure was unacceptable and that the incident should not be allowed to increase tensions amid the escalating war.

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