The UN Security Council on Friday opened a session on Russia’s annexations of Ukrainian territory, with Moscow sure to veto a US-backed decision of condemnation.
“This is precisely what the Security Council was made to do. Defend sovereignty, shield territorial integrity, promote peace and safety,” the US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, stated at first of the assembly.
“The United Nations was constructed on an concept that by no means once more would one nation be allowed to take one other’s territory by power,” she stated.
The decision, co-sponsored by the United States and Albania, would condemn the “unlawful” referendums held in Russian-occupied components of Ukraine and name on all states to not acknowledge any adjustments to Ukraine’s borders.
It additionally calls on Russia to withdraw troops instantly from Ukraine, ending an invasion launched on February 24.
The Security Council, led by France, went forward with the session regardless of definitely that Russia — one in all 5 everlasting members — will veto it.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier Friday stated that the United States would search a vote on the General Assembly.
“If Russia blocks the Security Council from finishing up its obligations, we’ll ask the UN General Assembly, the place each nation has a vote, to clarify that it is unacceptable to redraw borders by power,” Blinken informed reporters in Washington.
“Every nation has a stake in condemning these steps,” he stated.
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