Wednesday, 19 February

Well, a little bit of a sweet victory. The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling on the Russian Federation to withdraw its troops from the occupied Crimea and condemned the growing military presence of the aggressor in the Black and Azov Seas. How they voted in Europe, and who these “friends” who voted against are – in reactions from Opinion.

As it was stated on the page of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, 66 people voted for the resolution, 19 against. Among the main elements of the resolution is the condemnation of the construction and opening of a bridge across the Kerch Strait by Russia, the statement that the presence of Russian troops in Crimea contravenes national sovereignty, independence and integrity of Ukraine and also the call on the country-occupant to withdraw its armed forces from the Crimea and to stop the temporary occupation of our country.

However, according to a spokesman for the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, Oleg Nikolenko, foreign ambassadors complained that Russian diplomacy had twisted their hands, legs and heads, but something went awry. Realizing that the document will be adopted, they resorted to a step of despair in Moscow. True, not directly, but through the backs of the same “leaders”. The amendments were inserted to the text in the fields of respect for the UN Charter and the protection of human rights, which weren’t finally voted.

And journalist Kateryna Lisunova reported about Russia’s efforts to influence the results of the voting and make its own amendments, adding that none of the initiatives of the Russian Federation was supported, and the Russian diplomat summed up his statement with an angry and emotional phrase, “Crimea was, is and will be Russian.” Well, you know, sometimes some diseases are not treated.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that Ukraine reaffirms its commitment to the political and diplomatic regulation of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, and therefore the resolution will be used in the context of Ukraine’s efforts to de-occupy the territory of our country and restore stability in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

The President of Ukraine emphasized that the recent open act of aggression against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait once again confirmed the true intentions of Russia and recalled that the Kremlin campaign against European security is gaining momentum. Petro Poroshenko also added that the current resolution emphasizes the need for further consolidation of international efforts to restore sovereignty and territorial integrity, including Crimea, as the only way to restore security and stability in Europe.

Iryna Gerashchenko, the first vice-chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, said that the Kremlin’s traditional satellites voted against the resolution. In this context, the author of the post drew attention to the position of Belarus, which publicly emphasizes alleged neutrality, but in fact, almost always takes the side of Moscow. This is particularly unacceptable, given that it is in Minsk that peace negotiations were held on the tackling of the situation in the Donbas.

Vitaliy Martynyuk, the head of international programs at the Center for Global Studies “Strategy XXI”, also emphasized that Belarus, Armenia and Serbia were among the “supporters” of the militarization. At face of it, it’s not surprising, because in previous years in the United Nations, these countries supported the Russian side. However, according to the expert, there are a number of “buts”, which should be paid attention.

Volodymyr Ariev, the head of the PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) Committee on Culture, Education, Science and the Media, called the voting results a list of the world: civilized, uncivilized and indifferent. However, for some countries, even indifference is an achievement, and this is primarily the achievement of our diplomats.

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