The General Assembly of the United Nations voted this Wednesday almost without opposition a conviction resolution against Russia’s annexation of the eastern and southern territories of Ukraine.
In an emergency session at the UN headquarters in New York, in the body in which all member countries are represented, Vladimir Putin received the biggest setback of the international community since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine at the end of February.
Solo five countries voted against of the resolution: North Korea, Nicaragua, Syria, Belarus and Russia itself. It is the fourth text against the Putin regime approved by the UN General Assembly so far in the conflict. In March, two resolutions were approved to demand a ceasefire and the departure of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory, which also had five votes against. And in April there was a vote to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council.
“Illegal annexation attempt”
The resolution approved this Wednesday, which condemns the “illegal annexation attempt” Of four Ukrainian provinces, it has been the one that has had the most support of all, with 145 votes in favor and 35 abstentions.
China, Russia’s great ally and its great political and strategic support, opted, as on previous occasions, for abstention. Its ambassador to the UN, Geng Shuang, argued that I did not vote in favor of the text because it is not constructive: “Any action taken by the General Assembly must lead to the de-escalation of the situation and the early resumption of dialogue and the promotion of a political solution to this crisis.”
“It’s unbelievable,” the Ukrainian ambassador, Sergi Kislitsia, told reporters in the corridors of the UN headquarters, very pleased with the result of the vote. Next to her was her American counterpart, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who defended that the international community will not be “intimidated” by Russia.
Russia accuses the text of being politicized
The text of the resolution is the same that the US introduced this month in the Security Council, the power body of the UN, with binding power. Russia, one of the five countries with a permanent seat in the body, used its veto power to derail the resolution. Its ambassador, Vasili Nebenzia, accused the text of being “politicized” and of having the ability to “destroy efforts for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.”
The approval of this Wednesday in the General Assembly does not have that binding power of the Security Council, but it does have symbolic power and portrays Russia’s isolation in the international community.
The resolution condemns the annexation of the Ukrainian provinces occupied by the Russian army through illegal and unguaranteed referendums.
“Today’s vote is a powerful reminder that the overwhelming majority of nations are with Ukraine», reacted the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who the day before held a videoconference with a hundred delegations to promote the vote in favor. “Territorial integrity is a central pillar of the United Nations, and Russia’s violent disregard for national borders and Ukraine’s sovereignty cannot and will not be accepted.”