Russia vetoes UN resolution condemning referendums in Ukraine; Brazil abstains

Russia vetoed this Friday (30) at the UN Security Council a resolution that sought to condemn the annexation referendums organized in four Ukrainian regions and which demanded that Moscow immediately withdraw its troops from the neighboring country.

The Russian “no” was the only vote against the text proposed by the United States and Albania, which received ten support, while four countries (Brazil, China, India and Gabon) abstained. .

Washington has already announced that, in the face of the foreseeable Russian veto, it intends to take a similar proposal to the United Nations General Assembly, where no state can block a decision alone, but whose resolutions carry less weight.

The objective, as US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, will be to send Moscow an “unmistakable message” that “the world is still on the side of defending sovereignty and protecting the integrity territorial”.

Thomas-Greenfield, in asking for votes in favor of his proposal, emphasizes or that the Security Council was created precisely to act on issues like this and that it should respond “to the illegal acts of Russia to annex Ukrainian territory”.

“The United Nations was built on the idea of that one country will never again be able to take the territory of another by force”, stressed the American diplomat, who stressed that the results of these “fraudulent referendums were predetermined by Moscow and the whole world knows”.

Por Russian ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, in turn, described the resolution as a “hostile action by the West” and as a “provocation”.

“Do you seriously believe that Russia can consider and support This project? And if they don’t, then they are intentionally pushing us to use the veto and then get lyrical about the fact that Russia abuses this right,” criticized Nebenzya.

The Moscow representative defended the legality of the consultations held in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya, noting that those who voted showed overwhelming support for Russia’s accession.

The Russian ambassador also criticized the stance of UN Secretary-General António Guterres , who the day before vehemently rejected the referendums and Russian plans to annex these territories.

“Any decision to proceed with the annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya will have no legal value and deserves to be condemned,” Guterres said before Russian President Vladimir Putin made the measure official this Friday.

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