Top diplomats from Russia and Ukraine were briefly in the same room on Thursday during an extraordinary meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York. “The United States urged Russia to end its impunity. Russia ranted about fighting Nazis. Ukraine insisted it had a right to be free,” Politics summarized.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reminded Security Council members how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sharply increased their food and energy costs, and urged them to hold Russia accountable for violating fundamental United Nations regulations. “That President [Vladimir] Putin chose this week, as most of the world gathers at the United Nations, to add fuel to the fire he has lit, showing his utter disregard and disregard for the UN Charter, the UN General Assembly and this council,” said Blinken.
“Tell President Putin to stop the horror he started. Tell him to stop putting his interests above the interests of the rest of the world, including his own people.” Blinken insisted. “One man chose this war. One man can end it. Because if Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who entered the room for his remarks and then left, accused Ukraine and the West of the Russian invasion. The Kremlin has no doubts that Ukraine has become a completely totalitarian Nazi-like state, he said, in what… Politics calls “a demonstrably misrepresentation of Kiev’s evolving Western-style democracy.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba rejected Lavrov’s “lies” about Ukraine opting for this war. However, now that Russia has invaded, “every Ukrainian is a weapon ready to defend Ukraine and the principles enshrined in the UN Charter. Russia will fail,” he said, adding that Lavrov is leaving early: “Russian diplomats flee almost as fast as Russian soldiers.”
Ultimately, “nobody expects the council to act against Russia, as Moscow as a permanent member has veto power”. The The Bharat Express News notes. Still, Politics adds, “it was a rare face-to-face meeting for” Blinken, Lavrov and Kuleba, and “it forced Russia to say something – even if something very suspicious – to defend its large-scale war against its neighbor.”
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