Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wants to visit the United Nations to address a high-level meeting of the 193-member General Assembly on the eve of the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, security conditions permitting .
Source: interview with the TBEN news agency, said the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova, as quoted by European Pravda
She says many factors are needed to make Zelenskyy’s trip possible, given the current military situation and the warning from Ukrainian intelligence that Russia is planning a serious offensive in February.
Quote from Dzhaparova: “Our president would like to come, he has a will or intention to come, but it remains to be seen whether there will be a security situation that will allow him to come.”
If Zelenskyy comes to the UN, it would be only his second trip outside Ukraine since the full-scale invasion. He made a surprise visit to Washington on December 21 to meet with his main backers in the war against Russia, President Joe Biden and members of Congress.
Ukraine’s UN ambassador Serhii Kyslytsia said the General Assembly has already scheduled a high-level debate on the war on February 23, followed by a Security Council ministerial meeting on February 24.
Dzhaparova said Ukraine would like the assembly to pass one of two resolutions Zelenskyy wants to see approved on the eve of the anniversary of the invasion. Ukraine is consulting with its partners on the two measures, one that would support the president’s 10-point formula, which includes the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and the withdrawal of Russian troops, and the other that would establish a tribunal to try crimes of to prosecute aggression.
In late December, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told the TBEN that the government wanted a “peace formula” summit at the UN by the end of February, with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the mediator.
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