Russia’s foreign minister was absent from the chamber as his country faced sharp reprimands from the United States and others. War in Ukraine At a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken warned fellow diplomats that “the international order we have gathered here to uphold is being dismantled before our eyes.”
“We cannot allow President Putin to get away with this — we will not,” Blanken said Thursday at the UN General Assembly’s High-Level Week.
The meeting comes amid a week of escalating actions by Moscow, including ordering the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of troops and plans to hold “sham referendums” in Russian-held parts of Ukraine.
“He was chosen by President Putin this week, as much of the world is gathering at the United Nations, to fuel the fire that he has started, the United Nations Charter, the United Nations,” Blanken said. Shows their utter contempt and disdain for the General Assembly and this Council,” Blanken said. .
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was absent from the chamber for all but his own remarks, in which he rejected widespread international condemnation and again blamed Kyiv for Moscow’s attack.
Blankenship and others, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, highlighted the war’s global impact on things like atrocities in Ukraine, food security, and called on Russia to dismantle its nuclear arsenal.
The top US diplomat said Vladimir Putin’s threat to Russia to use “all available weapons systems” is “all the more dangerous given Russia’s intention to annex large parts of Ukraine in the coming days.” ”
“When this is done, we can expect President Putin to claim that any Ukrainian attempt to liberate this territory is an attack on so-called Russian territory,” Blankin explained. “This is from a country that, in January of this year, in this place, signed a statement with other permanent members of the Security Council that affirmed, and I said, ‘Nuclear war is never won. Can’t go and shouldn’t be fought.”Another example of how Russia reneges on the commitments it has made to this body, and another reason why one should take Russia at its word today. But should not be taken.
He said that every member of the Council must send a clear message that these reckless nuclear threats must be stopped immediately.
Blanken said that Russia’s efforts to annex more Ukrainian territory — which U.S. officials say are the result of referendums called this week by the Russian-backed leaders of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, Zaporizhia and Kherson Then there is the expected next step – “another dangerous one. The Rise and Fall of Diplomacy.”
“It’s even more alarming with the infiltration operations that Russian forces are conducting in the parts of Ukraine that they control,” Blankin said. “It’s a diabolical strategy: violently uproot millions of Ukrainians. Replace them with Russians; call for votes; and manipulate the results to show near-unanimous support for joining the Russian Federation. Crimea is right out of the playbook.
They once again called for accountability for the crimes that have unfolded in former Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine such as Bucha, Arpin, Izum, where mass graves have been discovered and survivors have described acts of torture. Is.
“These are not the actions of rogue units. They follow a clear pattern in territory controlled by Russian forces,” Blanken said. “This is one of the many reasons why we support national and international efforts to gather and examine the growing evidence of war crimes in Ukraine.”
Blanken reiterated that the United States would continue to support Ukraine and called on others to do the same.
“President Putin is making his choice. Now it’s up to all of our countries to make theirs. Tell President Putin to stop the horrors he started. Tell him to put his interests before those of the rest of the world, including his own people. Stop putting interests first. Tell him to stop defaming this council and everything it’s about,” Blanken said.
“One man chose this war. And one man can end it,” he said. “Because if Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends.