And the draft resolution I have prepared United State Albania, whose exact details have not yet been published, has no chance of adopting it due to Russia’s veto (veto), but must then be submitted to the United Nations General Assembly.
• The text, seen by AFP, condemns the Russian Federation’s “organization of the so-called illegal referendums” in the Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions.
• It is considered that they cannot have “legitimacy”, or be “used as a basis for changing the status of these areas”, “including any alleged annexation” by Russia.
• Calls on all states and other organizations to “not recognize the alleged annexation” of the four regions by Russia.
• Demands that Moscow “immediately stop” its military attack on Ukraine, and “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its military forces” from the country.
And Tuesday, during the first meeting of the Council on these referendums, which were condemned by the West, the United States announced that it would put on the table such a draft resolution with Albania.
US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield said the goal was to “condemn the sham referendums, and call on member states not to recognize any adjustment to Ukraine’s status and force Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine.”
She added that if Russia used its veto to “protect itself”, then “we will go to the General Assembly to send an unequivocal message to Moscow.”
On Thursday, the Secretary-General of the United Nations denounced Antonio Guterres “Definitely” about the expected Russian annexation of Ukrainian lands, considering that it “has no place in the modern world.”
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