US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has called for an end to Russian nuclear threats. “Any council member can send a clear message that these reckless nuclear threats must stop immediately,” Blinken said, speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Thursday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of directly interfering in the war in Ukraine due to arms shipments and support for Kyiv.
“The policy of exhausting and weakening Russia means the direct intervention of the West in the conflict, making it a party to the conflict,” Lavrov said. He added that the position of those countries “which pump weapons into Ukraine and train their soldiers” is particularly ironic. He said the clear objective of this support is to delay the fighting “for as long as possible despite the losses and destruction.”
Lavrov also defended the aggressive war against the neighboring country that Russia launched about seven months ago and made serious allegations against Kyiv. “We have no doubt that Ukraine has become a completely autocratic Nazi-like state, in which the rules of international humanitarian law are violated,” Lavrov said. He claimed that the decision to launch a “special military operation” against Ukraine was inevitable because of the aggressive war. The country is a threat to Russia’s security. “And I can assure you that we will never accept this,” Lavrov said.
He criticized that the UN body wants to talk about punishing Russia, while Ukraine should be punished for its actions. Ukrainian forces used “terrorist tactics” and used peaceful civilians as human shields. Lavrov lamented the attempt to impose a “completely different version” of Russian aggression, which is a tragedy. This ignores the fact that Ukrainian forces have been killing Donbass for more than eight years and continue to kill them.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced, in a televised speech, Wednesday, the mobilization of 300,000 reserve soldiers to wage a war of aggression against Ukraine. Putin also said: “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all available means to protect Russia and our people. This is not a hoax.” Observers saw the use of nuclear weapons as a threat.
Blinken complained that Putin had decided not to end his war but to expand it, not withdrawing his forces, but increasing them, not to reduce tensions but to escalate the situation. “President Putin’s vote this week, as most of the world gathers at the United Nations, to light the fire he started shows his total contempt for the UN Charter, for the General Assembly and for this advice,” the US Secretary of State said. The state. “The international order that we are gathered here to support is crumbling before our very eyes. We cannot and will not allow President Putin to get away with it.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has criticized the Russian-backed referendums in several regions of eastern Ukraine as a possible violation of international law. “Any annexation of the territory of a state by another state by the threat or use of force is a violation of the Charter of the United Nations and international law,” Guterres said.
At the same time, Guterres, referring to the nuclear threats that almost mask the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, emphasized: “The idea of a nuclear conflict, which was once unimaginable, has become a subject of discussion.” this is unacceptable. Meanwhile, the war does not abate, on the contrary: it is “moving further steps away from any possibility of peace – and towards an endless cycle of terror and bloodshed.” And he demanded that those responsible for possible war crimes be held accountable in a fair and independent trial.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Russia and Ukraine to start peace talks without preconditions at the UN Security Council. Wang told the Security Council in New York on Thursday that “dialogue and negotiation” is the only way to end the conflict. All efforts that can help resolve the crisis must be supported.” Any form of a “hot war or a new cold war” must be prevented.
Wang called for respecting the territorial integrity of all countries and adhering to the principles of the United Nations Charter. He called on those involved to “rein in” – but as before he did not directly condemn friendly Russia for its aggressive war against Ukraine.