The General Assembly will consider a resolution against the illegal accession next week
Russia is pushing for a secret instead of an open vote in the UN General Assembly, where a draft resolution against Russia’s annexation of parts of Ukraine will be considered next week, Reuters reported.
The draft resolution prepared by Western countries denounces Russia’s “illegal so-called referendums” and “attempted illegal annexation” of the four Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson.
In a letter from Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia, to UN member states, which is available to Reuters, it says: “This is a clearly politicized and provocative development aimed at deepening the division in the General Assembly and further alienating its members.” Nebenzia argued that it was imperative to have a secret ballot because Western lobbying meant that “it might be very difficult if positions are expressed publicly.”
Diplomats explained that the General Assembly will likely have to vote publicly on whether the vote on the draft resolution should be secret. Last week, Russia vetoed a similar draft resolution in the 15-member UN Security Council.
“If the international community does not react, there will be claims that no one is paying attention and that this is now a ‘carte blanche’ for other countries to do the same and get recognition for what Russia has done,” EU ambassador to the UN Olof Skog said yesterday. He added that the EU is conducting broad consultations with UN member states before the vote on the draft resolution, which is likely to take place on Wednesday.
The development of events now resembles what happened in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea. Russia then vetoed a draft resolution condemning the referendum in Crimea and calling on the international community not to recognize it. However, the General Assembly then declared the referendum invalid with 100 votes “for”, 11 “against” and 58 “abstentions”, with 24 countries not participating in the vote, Reuters recalled.
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