The blast killed more than 20 civilians in Zaporizhia, Ukraine and Russia

Security Council to vote on resolution condemning Russian “referendums”

The United Nations (UN) Security Council will vote on Friday on a resolution condemning annexation “referendums” organized by Moscow in Ukrainian-administered regions.

The council’s French presidency said the meeting will take place in New York at 3pm on Friday (9pm in Paris) ahead of another scheduled discussion on the leaks discovered at the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

Draft text seen by AFP “Condemns the Russian Federation’s System of So-Called Illegal Referendums” In the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, they have found that they cannot have. “No Performance” Inside “to act as a basis for changing the status of these regions”, “including any purported connection” By Russia.

A draft resolution prepared by the United States and Albania calls on all states and other organizations “Does not recognize the alleged connection” In four regions of Russia. It also demands Moscow “stop now” His invasion of the Ukraine and “Immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its military forces” from the country.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres unequivocally condemned the immediacy of the Russian links on Thursday, believing they did not. “No Place in the Modern World”.

If a Russian veto is not in doubt during Friday’s vote, it will go beyond the position of China, sometimes accused by Westerners of being too accommodating to Russia, which will be scrutinized. Beijing, officially neutral, repeated its call for respect for regional integrity this week “from all countries”. India’s situation will also be closely monitored.

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The two countries abstained in February, the day after the Russian invasion, when Russia vetoed a resolution condemning it in the House. “attack” From Ukraine.

The vote in the General Assembly, where none of the 193 member states has veto power, will make it possible to gauge the extent of Russia’s isolation at a time when some developing countries are irritated that the West is focusing its full attention. Ukraine.

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