The UN Security Council met on Thursday in a special meeting. The Russian delegation led by Sergei Lavrov also took part in the meeting.
Lavrov leaves the room
During his speech, Lavrov repeated the Kremlin’s message that had been spreading Russian propaganda for months. – We have a lot of evidence of the criminal activities of Ukraine – said the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Lavrov assured that his country would not allow the territory of Ukraine to become “a threat center for the Russian Federation”. – We have no doubt that Ukraine has recently turned into a totalitarian state – he added.
After giving the speech, Lavrov left the Chamber, which was criticized by other countries. – He left the room, I’m not surprised. I don’t think Lavrov wants to hear the council’s collective condemnation, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said, quoted by Sky News.
Zelensky at the UN summit: this is how the war will end
Volodymyr Zelensky also took part in the summit. Speaking to representatives of UN countries, Ukraine’s president stressed that some “strong steps” were needed to end the conflict. First of all, Russia must finally be recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism. It is also necessary to stop the Russian energy and nuclear blackmail and to lower the prices of energy carriers.
In his view, such recognition of Russia as a sponsor of terrorism should take place at all levels – legal and political.
– If there is no legal mechanism, a political decision can be made – at parliamentary level. This is the foundation for restoring the elements of global security. If this bold step is taken, doubts about taking other vital steps will disappear – Ukraine’s president stressed.
The EU wants to hit Russia harder
Meanwhile, the head of EU diplomacy announced on Thursday that EU foreign ministers had reached an agreement on the eighth package of sanctions.
The foreign ministers of the countries of the European Union agreed to prepare another package of sanctions against Russia and increase the supply of arms to Ukraine. This is in response to the mobilization of Russian reservists announced on Wednesday and to the announcement of accession referendums in the occupied territories.
Such information was provided by the Vice-President of the European Commission, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Josep Borrell, following an extraordinary meeting of EU Foreign Ministers, held in the margins of the General Assembly of the UN was held in New York.
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