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The UN Security Council condemned the crimes of the Russian Federation in Ukraine – DW – 23.09.2022

UN Secretary General António Guterres and foreign ministers of several states called on the UN Security Council meeting on Thursday, September 22, in New York to investigate war crimes committed by Russia in the war against Ukraine. According to Guterres, the war unleashed by Vladimir Putin is moving “further and farther from any prospect of peace to an endless cycle of horrors and bloodshed.” The UN secretary-general called Putin’s threats with nuclear weapons unacceptable.

In addition, António Guterres said that the reports coming from the occupied territories “constitute a ‘catalog’ of atrocities, which includes executions, sexual violence, torture and other inhuman treatment of civilians and prisoners of war.” Victims and their families are entitled to legal proceedings and redress, Guterres said. His position was supported by the foreign ministers of the EU states, as well as Mexico, Albania and Ireland.

The actions of the Russian authorities were also openly condemned by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. Putin’s actions demonstrate his open disdain for the UN itself, and he “should not get away with” that events in Ukraine are destroying the international order that the UN is supposed to protect, Blinken said. “Tell President Putin that he must stop putting his own interests above the interests of the rest of the world, including his own people,” the American newspaper quotes Blinken’s address to the Russian delegation. The Washington Post.

Annalena Burbock in turn turned to the Russian Federation itself. “I strongly urge Russia: you will not win this war, so stop it. Stop suffering, stop sending your citizens to their deaths. Stop your fictitious “referenda” – as illegal as this war,” she said.

China called for the preservation of the territorial integrity of countries

The foreign ministers of India and China, who were present at the meeting, although they did not openly condemn Russia, called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the resumption of negotiations between the countries.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi added that the talks should take place “without preconditions.” Previously, the Kremlin has repeatedly demanded that before the resumption of dialogue, Ukraine accept the conditions put forward by Moscow, which Kyiv regarded as an ultimatum.

Wang Yi also said, “It is necessary to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries and take seriously the reasonable security considerations of all countries.” The Chinese minister has previously told his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, that Beijing supports resolving the war through diplomacy.

Kuleba Lavrov’s behavior reminded the flight of Russian soldiers

Lavrov attended the meeting only for the duration of his own speech, during which he called Ukraine a “totalitarian Nazi state” and said Russia’s war against it was “inevitable.” After the speech, he left the hall.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba reacted to Lavrov’s departure with an ironic remark: “I noticed that Russian diplomats are fleeing just like Russian soldiers.”

Representatives of Russia have demonstratively left the meeting rooms of international organizations and sabotaged events before. During the G20 summit in July, Sergei Lavrov refused to listen to the speeches of colleagues from other countries and to communicate with German journalists. Representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry behaved in a similar way in New York at the end of August at the conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: delegates from Russia refused to sign the final document of the meetingthat took place over the course of several weeks.

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