UN Security Council strongly criticize Russia over action in Ukraine
By Erol Avdovic, Tuesday, March 04, 2014
UNITED NATIONS – The Western countries` members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) strongly rejected Russia`s objections over its actions in Ukraine, calling it the most flagrant violation of international law, in an emergency meeting on Monday.
The meeting was called by Russia to shed more light on its policy, after Moscow was threatened by US and EU sanctions and political and economic isolation.
During the third UNSC on Monday, the western countries said that Russia has provided no evidence on claims made by its UN ambassador, Vitaliy Churkin, who spoke first.
During his speech at the Council, Churkin showed the letter, which was dated March 1, 2014 and signed by Viktor Yanukovich, in which escaped Ukrainian president asked for Russian military intervention in his country.
But, western members of the Council rebuked all Russians claims, including those of attacks on Russian ethnic minority in the Crimea region or elsewhere in Ukraine, attacks on the Russian Ortodox Church, or claims of `hundreds of thousands refugees` fleeing from Ukraine.
Permanent UNSC members, the US, France, and the UK, went on to characterize Russian justification of its occupation of the Ukrainian Crimea as an attempt to impose force over law, propaganda over reality.
They said those actions do not belong to the 21st Century.
“In 21st Century no country should be acting with such blatant disrespect of the international law. Russia should not be surprised that its political and economic reputation has now suffered,” UK Representative to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant said in his remarks to the Council.
He added, “this is not 1956 or 1968,” echoing the words of ambassador of France, Gerard Araud, who said that Russian occupation of Crimea reminded him of the USSR’s intervention in Czechoslovakia.
Beside 15 UNSC speakers, who overwhelmingly condemned the Russian action in Ukraine, no decision was made.
Entering the Security Council, Russian ambassador Churkin told reporters that Russia called the meeting to explain: “in considerably more detail the position of the Russian Federation in the current situation in Ukraine and what is making Russian policy".
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