Russia put in the dock at the UN Security Council, Lavrov of marble

Russia put in the dock at the UN Security Council, Lavrov of marble

Present in the room to deliver his speech, Sergei Lavrov, his face closed, did not attend the speeches by other ministers, giving up his place at the Council table to his deputy, and left the room after his speech, diplomatic sources confirmed. “He doesn’t want to hear”, launched the Briton James Cleverly, while the Ukrainian Dmytro Kouleba, invited, judged that “like the Russian soldiers on the battlefield, the Russian diplomats are also fleeing”. Convened by the French presidency of the Security Council, the meeting focused on the situation in Ukraine and the “impunity” of crimes committed since the invasion of the country by Russia last February.

Russia taken to task

Speaking in turn, the ministers, starting with the Frenchwoman Catherine Colonna, took Putin’s Russia to task, denouncing its aggression of Ukraine and the recent escalation, including the forthcoming holding of annexation referendums in Ukrainian territories under Russian control. “There is no peace without justice,” she said, noting that those responsible should “answer” for their crimes. “We can’t let President Putin get away with it,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“This international order which brings us together here today and which we are trying to safeguard is being torn to pieces before our eyes”, he affirmed, accusing the Russian President of having “poured oil on the fire he lit”, demonstrating “his utter disregard for the Charter of the United Nations”. Antony Blinken, who has refused any meeting with his Russian counterpart since the invasion, considered it essential that “no country can redraw the borders of another country by force”. In response, the Russian Foreign Minister rejected Western accusations and denounced kyiv’s “impunity”.

“There is an attempt today to impose on us a completely different narrative speaking of Russian aggression as being at the origin of this tragedy”, he pleaded, accusing Ukraine of “Russophobia” and to be a ‘totalitarian Nazi state’. “kyiv owes its impunity to its Western partners,” Sergei Lavrov continued, accusing “the United States and its allies, with the connivance of international human rights organizations, of covering up the crimes committed by the kyiv regime”.

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“Catalog of Cruelties”

The Council was also able to hear details of a number of abuses committed in Ukraine. Speaking first, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for an investigation into the “catalogue of cruelties” taking place in Ukraine. The reports of the UN humanitarian services list “a catalog of cruelties: summary executions, sexual violence, torture and other inhuman and degrading treatment against civilians and prisoners of war”, declared Mr. Guterres at the opening of this meeting.

“All these accusations must be investigated, to ensure accountability,” he added. Dmytro Kouleba insisted on the need for the West to continue supplying arms to his country. “The best way to prevent further atrocities by the Russians is to send Ukraine more weapons,” he pleaded, reiterating Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call for a special tribunal to judge Vladimir Putin.

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