Russia vetoed the UN Security Council resolution condemning the invasion of Ukraine

More than 50 countries sign a declaration to override Russia’s veto at the United Nations General Assembly

Guterres affirms that the UN stands firmly on the side of peace, justice, international law and human rights

Russia vetoed the UN Security Council resolution condemning the invasion of Ukraine
Russia vetoed the UN Security Council resolution condemning the invasion of Ukraine

Russia used its veto this Friday to block the United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the Russian attack on Ukraine and demanding the immediate withdrawal of troops from Ukrainian soil.

According to the US broadcaster CNN, there were 11 votes in favour, one against and three abstentions. China, which has refused to criticize the attack – but is calling for a negotiated solution to the conflict – was one of three abstentions, along with India and the United Arab Emirates.

“China advocates a common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security concept. China believes that one country’s security cannot be at the expense of other countries’ security, and regional security cannot be guaranteed by strengthening or even expanding military blocs,” the Chinese delegation to the UN said in a statement.

Thus, the Asian giant has stressed that “in the circumstances of five consecutive rounds of eastward expansion of NATO, the legitimate demands of Russia’s security must be taken seriously and adequately addressed.”

“Russia can veto this resolution, but it cannot veto our votes. Russia cannot veto the truth. Russia cannot veto our principles. It cannot veto the Ukrainian people. It can not veto the UN Charter. And Russia will not veto the surrender.” ‘ said United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has also responded to Russia’s veto with a message on his official Twitter profile, defending the measure, a project “backed by an unprecedented number of member states”.

“Grateful to all members of the UN Security Council who voted to stop (Russia’s) treasonous attack on Ukraine and the UN. Russia’s veto is a bloodstain on their Security Council badge,” he said, Zelenskyi stressed on his official Twitter profile.

French Ambassador to the United Nations Nicolas de Rivière stressed that “the outcome of today’s vote is clear” and pointed out that “Russia is alone” while “Russian missiles are killing civilians, bombing cities and destroying vital infrastructure.

“Ukraine is the victim of deliberate aggression by the Russian President. Nothing can ever justify this. No member of the Security Council supports this,” says the official profile of France’s permanent mission to the United Nations.

The same message was delivered by Germany in the face of Russia’s veto in the UN Security Council, recalling that “one cannot reject the truth” and that “Russia’s war against Ukraine cannot be justified”.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has also reacted, commenting on her official Twitter profile that “Russia is isolated in the UN Security Council as no country votes with them”, adding that “they are a global pariah”.

For his part, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, on his official Twitter profile, has highlighted that the United Nations Charter “has been questioned in the past”, but “it stood firmly on the side of peace, security, development and justice, international law and human rights”.

“The international community must do everything in its power to ensure that these values ​​prevail in Ukraine and for all of humanity,” he added.

JOINT DECLARATION

The United States Mission to the United Nations issued a joint statement signed by more than 50 countries following the veto, condemning Russia’s veto of the resolution condemning the invasion of Ukraine.

“We believe we have a special responsibility to deal with this violation of the UN Charter because Russia is a guilty permanent member of the Security Council,” the statement said.

Therefore, these countries signed a statement stating that they will submit this decision to the United Nations General Assembly, since “President Putin has decided to violate the UN Charter” and “thrown bombs on Kiev to protect families.” to force them to put their lives in backpacks and take refuge in subway stations.

The United States and other powers circulated a petition on Friday condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a senior US official first confirmed, despite Russia being expected to use its veto power to ban it to stop.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the resolution is an initiative that “will give the world a long time to remember what the Security Council is doing.”

Russia is currently holding the Council presidency “pro tempore,” sparking tensions Thursday night between Russia’s UN ambassador Vasili Nebenzia and Ukraine’s representative Sergiy Kislitsia, who called for a clear response to the invasion minutes after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech the Nebenzia replied that “it wasn’t a war” but “a special operation”.

“It is too late, ladies and gentlemen, to talk about de-escalation. Too late. The Russian President has declared war. Should you play your President’s video? They have declared war. It is the responsibility of this body, to end the war,” he snapped at the Russians before the Emergency Security Council held this Thursday night.

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