Russia vetoed UN resolution condemning its military operation in Ukraine

Russia on Friday, as expected, adopted a resolution co-written by the United States and Albania, in the “strongest words” ever, during a vote in the UN Security Council, condemning “aggression against Ukraine” and calling it Called “immediately”. Withdraw your army from that country.

Of the 15 members of the Council, 11 countries voted in favor of the text, three did not: China, India and the United Arab Emirates.

According to a diplomat, the project was softened in the hours before the vote to keep the project “safe” and prevent these three countries from voting numbers. Thus the proposed text no longer includes the word “condemnation”, which has been replaced with “disappointment”. A reference to Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter, which provides for the possible use of force, was also removed.

According to diplomats, a similar resolution should be submitted for a vote of the United Nations General Assembly (193 member) in the coming days, where the right of veto does not exist.

Some ambassadors estimate that given the ongoing “disaster” in Ukraine, a favorable vote could get the support of more than a hundred countries in the General Assembly.

Since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine from Wednesday to Thursday night, Russia claims to be acting in self-defense under the terms of the organization, accusing the West and the head of the United Nations of violating the Charter of the United Nations. Article 51 of the founding document. Only five permanent members of the Security Council (United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom) have veto power in the Security Council.

The US-Albanian proposal was co-sponsored by around 70 countries. It also strongly criticized Russia, reaffirming support for the sovereignty of Ukraine, and calling on Russia to stop the “use of force” and to “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its military forces” of this country. Offers to oblige to take.

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