Security Council Addresses War in Ukraine and Kremlin Threats | War in Ukraine
Russia being a permanent member of the Security Council, its Minister of Foreign Affairs will attend the meeting.
The partial mobilization decreed by Vladimir Putin and the nuclear threat brandished by the Russian president will be at the heart of a meeting of the UN Security Council on the war in Ukraine on Thursday .
The meeting will bring together around the same table the foreign ministers of the United States, Russia and European members of the Security Council. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan are due to address the 15-member UN security body.
A meeting on the maintenance of peace and security in Ukraine was already planned in order to draw attention to Ukraine during the UN General Assembly, said the ambassador of the France to the United Nations, Nicolas de Rivière.
But Vladimir Putin's outbidding has added to the urgency of the case, and new threats from the Kremlin are expected to take up much of the talk.
Putin says he is ready to use all the weapons at its disposal, and when it says “all”, that includes nuclear weapons, said European Union Vice President Josep Borrell.
This is something the international community cannot accept. The United Nations must react this week, added Borell, who called an emergency meeting of the 27 EU members yesterday to discuss the European response to these new threats.
Several heads of state have already condemned the bellicose remarks of the Russian president during their speeches before the General Assembly. President Joe Biden, among others, spoke of a brazen violation of UN principles, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced a dangerous and irresponsible escalation.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the United Nations General Assembly by videoconference on Wednesday , calling for the creation of a special tribunal to try Russia's “crimes of aggression” in Ukraine.
As for the response from the Security Council itself, diplomats said there were no plans to introduce a resolution or action to impose sanctions on Russia on Thursday. /p>
As a permanent member of the Security Council, Russia can use its veto power to block any resolution that affects it.
This is what she did last February before a resolution condemning her invasion of Ukraine and calling for the withdrawal of her troops.
In a pre-recorded address to the Assembly General of the UN yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky renewed his demand that Russia be deprived of its right of veto.
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Despite international condemnation, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has reiterated that Russia is ready to use all weapons in its arsenal, including tactical nuclear weapons , to defend annexed Russian territories.
Medvedev also indicated that the annexation elections planned in four regions controlled by pro-Russian authorities would indeed go ahead. It is too late to back down, he added.
The Western establishment and all citizens of NATO countries must understand that Russia has chose his own path, Medvedev said.