Harsh statement by Antonio Guterres before the Russian Foreign Minister at the UN on the invasion of Ukraine: “It is causing massive suffering and devastation”

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, attend a meeting of the Security Council (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid) (BRENDAN MCDERMID/)

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterresdenounced on Monday the illegal nature of the invasion of Ukraine and the devastating effects it is having, in a speech at a meeting of the Security Council that today is chaired by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine, in violation of the United Nations Charter and international law, is causing a suffering and one mass devastation in the country and its population,” said Guterres, who also noted that the conflict is further worsening the economic problems global unleashed by the pandemic.

The head of the UN recalled that the international multilateral system is subject to its “greater tensions” since the creation of the United Nations 78 years ago and warned of the “conflict risks” by “misfortune or miscalculation”.

Guterres during his speech (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
Guterres during his speech (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid) (BRENDAN MCDERMID/)

“We must find a way to advance and act nowas we have done before, to stop sliding towards the chaos and the conflict”, he said before adding that “it is time to deepen cooperation and strengthen multilateral institutions, to find common solutions to common challenges”.

The members of this Adviceparticularly those who enjoy the privilege of acting permanently, “have the private responsibility to make the multilateralism works, instead of contributing to its dismemberment,” he urged.

“We must adapt multilateral institutions and build trust where it is most needed. The urgency of global challenges demands a bold and fast acting”Guterres added.

“We have to do better, go further and work faster,” he urged.

Accusations to the West

“As was the case during the Cold War, we have reached a dangerous threshold, perhaps even more dangerous,” said Lavrov (REUTERS / Brendan McDermid) (BRENDAN MCDERMID /)

As was expected the day before, in his intervention Lavrov charged against the West and defended his theses on Ukraine.

“As was the case during the Cold Warwe have reached a dangerous thresholdperhaps even more dangerous,” said Lavrov, who accused Western powers of “destroying the benefits of globalization” with “economic aggression” and seeking to impose their policies on the rest of the world by force.

“No one,” insisted the head of Russian diplomacy, “gave the Western minority permission to speak on behalf of all humanity.”

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