The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrellassured before the UN General Assembly that Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine does not amount to a conflict only of “the West against Russia”, but affects everyone equally: in the north, in the south, in the East and in the West.”
Borrell intervened this Wednesday in the emergency session to vote one resolution calling for a cessation of hostilities in Ukraine, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the war, and answered almost verbatim to the Russian ambassador, Vasily Nebenziawho minutes before had insisted that the Ukraine conflict corresponded to “a Western plan” to “destroy Russia”.
Nebenzia defined “the West” as the sum of the United States, the European Union and NATO, which according to him “have taken off their mask” and want to “maintain Western hegemony in the world, who see the world as their property”.
West -said Nebenzia- he is instigating this war “with weapons, with a hybrid war, with his arms lobby”, and this war is nothing more than “a war for the survival of our identityas it was eighty years ago (referring to World War II) against enemies who wanted to dismember our country”.
Russia, which repeated its thesis that the West wages a war by proxy and Ukraine is nothing but an instrument, also replied that “many of you (UN countries) have already understood that this is a crusade against russia”.
Nebenzia warned that if the resolution presented by Ukraine and the EU is not amended according to the proposals of its ally Belarus, “it will not contribute to peace” because it will express a one-sided point of view”.
Borrell, in addition to denying that dichotomy of the West vs. Russia, recalled that “if we do not condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine today, this increases the risks for another country, in another part of the world, of suffering a similar aggression”.
The European diplomat highlighted that the EU and Ukraine, in preparing the resolution, “has been as transparent and inclusive as possible” and have agreed to numerous amendments, but there are several non-negotiable principles: “That Russia end all attacks and withdraw all its forces and military equipment from Ukraine, and do so immediately, completely and unconditionally”.
It remains to be seen whether the resolution sponsored by the EU manages to equal or exceed the 143 votes, which has been the greatest support garnered by Ukraine last October.
The resolution approved by the Assembly will not be binding. but mainly symbolic, but the 68 countries who already sponsor her underline its importance because it will send “a strong message to Russia that it should sit in a negotiating table”, as the US ambassador to the UN highlighted on Tuesday, Lisa Thomas-Greenfield.
The Assembly has become the only instance of the UN where resolutions can be approved, given the ineffectiveness of the Security Councilwhere he right of veto of Russia has prevented the adoption of a single resolution on the war in Ukraine after a year of conflict.
The resolution contains the call for a “cessation of hostilities” which must be followed by negotiations between the parties, underlining the central role of the United Nations charter and the territorial integrity of states, which entails a withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territoryaccording to European sources explained to journalists.
(With information from EFE)
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