Russia has used its veto power in the UN Security Council to scrap a draft resolution that seeks to condemn the annexation of Ukrainian territory.
US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas Greenfield submitted a resolution to the Security Council meeting on Friday, urging member states not to recognize any altered status of Ukraine and requiring Russia to withdraw its troops.
just a moment ago Largest European annexation since World War II It was launched when Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Russian control over four regions that make up 15% of Ukraine’s territory.
resolution, co-sponsored by the United States Albania condemned the “illegal” referendum held in the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine and called on all countries not to allow any changes to Ukraine’s borders.
The resolution also called on Russia to immediately withdraw its troops from Ukraine to end the invasion that began on 24 February.
Ten countries voted in favor of the resolution, while China, Gabon, India and Brazil abstained.
“Not a single country voted for Russia.
Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, raised her hand to indicate that she was the only person to vote against the resolution, saying that areas where Moscow has taken territories by force and where fighting is still raging are part of Russia. claimed to have chosen to be
“There is no turning back because today’s draft resolution tries to force it,” Nebenzia said at the meeting.
Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations, Sergiy Kislitsia, said that the single hand raised against the resolution was “his attempt to deny Russia’s isolation and the reality of our shared commitments beginning with the United Nations Charter.” We have once again proven our desperate attempt.”
Britain’s special envoy, Barbara Woodward, said Russia “abused its veto power to defend its wrongdoing”, but said the annexation “had no legal effect”.
“It’s an illusion,” she added.
Al Jazeera’s James Bayes said in a report from the United Nations in New York that Russia’s representatives “sounded incredible” in response to the resolution, after which Russia gained power as a permanent member of the Security Council. take advantage of Reject resolution.
“It is worth noting, however, that four council members from China, Brazil, Gabon and India did not support the resolution and abstained,” Bayes said.
“When the UN General Assembly held its vote in early March, shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 141 countries voted to lament Russia’s actions. Some may ask whether it is possible to reach again.
British ambassador to the United Nations said @AJEnglish After Russia’s veto in the UN Security Council against a resolution condemning annexation votes held in parts of occupied Ukraine.@UKUN_NewYorkof @Bwoodward_UN Said @Bayson Road The issue will be brought to the General Assembly next week. pic.twitter.com/rLgfYcrVhs
— Amanda Price (@amandaruthprice) September 30, 2022
China abstained from voting on the resolution, but expressed concern over a “protracted and widening crisis” in Ukraine.
Putin recently said that Chinese President Xi Jinping has concerns about Ukraine.
UN Ambassador to Beijing Zhang Jun argued that while “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of every country should be protected”, countries’ “legitimate security concerns” should also be taken seriously. .
“More than seven months after the start of the Ukraine crisis, the crisis and its spillovers have had a number of adverse effects. ‘, the ambassador said in a statement.
— Chinese UN Mission (@Chinamission2un) October 1, 2022
China’s abstention from the vote shows that Russia’s “intimidation” and moves to threaten the territorial integrity of other countries have put China in an “uncomfortable position,” said a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity. said.
“China will not sign on to this much more aggressive agenda that Russia is trying to sell,” the official said.