According to Guterres, the war unleashed by Vladimir Putin is moving “further and farther from any prospect of peace to an endless cycle of horrors and bloodshed.” The UN secretary-general called Putin’s threats with nuclear weapons unacceptable.
In addition, António Guterres said that the reports coming from the occupied territories “constitute a ‘catalog’ of atrocities, which includes executions, sexual violence, torture and other inhuman treatment of civilians and prisoners of war.”
Victims and their families are entitled to legal proceedings and redress, Guterres said. His position was supported by the foreign ministers of the EU states, as well as Mexico, Albania and Ireland.
The actions of the Russian authorities were also openly condemned by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock.
Putin’s actions show his open disdain for the UN itself, and he “shouldn’t get away” with events in Ukraine destroying the international order that the UN is supposed to protect, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said.
“Tell President Putin that he must stop putting his own interests ahead of the interests of the rest of the world, including his own people,” Blinken said.
Annalena Burbock, in turn, turned to the Russian Federation itself.
“I strongly urge Russia: you will not win this war, so stop it. Stop suffering, stop sending your citizens to their deaths. Stop your fictitious “referenda” – as illegal as this war,” she said.
China called for the preservation of the territorial integrity of countries
The foreign ministers of India and China, who were present at the meeting, although they did not openly condemn Russia, called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the resumption of negotiations between the countries.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi added that the talks should take place “without preconditions.” Previously, the Kremlin has repeatedly demanded that before the resumption of dialogue, Ukraine accept the conditions put forward by Moscow, which Kyiv regarded as an ultimatum.
Recall that at the meeting, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Dmitry Kuleba, put the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergey Lavrov, in his place for an inappropriate attack on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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