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UNGA 77: Moscow’s position attracts attention despite the West’s anti-Russian rhetoric


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UNGA 77: Moscow’s position attracts attention despite the West’s anti-Russian rhetoric

UNGA 77: Moscow’s position attracts attention despite the West’s anti-Russian rhetoric

While Dutch, Belgian and European officials have turned their UN appearances into an exercise in Russia-bashing, other leaders, such as those of Serbia and… 23.09.2022, Sputnik International

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The list of speakers for the general debate of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday included European Council President Charles Michel, as well as Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo and his Dutch colleague Mark Rutte. All of them started their speeches with the subject of Ukraine. According to Charles Michel, the Kremlin is waging a hybrid war that “combines violence with poisonous lies”. Michel rejected Russia’s allegations that kyiv committed genocide against the Russian-speaking population in Donbass and spoke of stories of “rape, torture and mass graves”, for which he blames Moscow and which he claimed to have heard during his visit to Ukraine. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed respect for Mikhail Gorbachev’s legacy in ending the Cold War. He also said that “Russia stands on the wrong side of history” and that its “aggression must be stopped”. According to Rutte, Moscow’s special military operation was unprovoked, as he added: “Russia is not a victim, it is an aggressor – no one was invading Russia, no one was threatening the people. His view was echoed by Charles Michel, who also said that “no one threatened or attacked Russia. The OSCE has consistently reported the bombing of peaceful citizens in Donetsk by the kyiv regime, or the atrocities committed by the Ukrainian army against ethnic Russians in the Donbass, with hundreds of human remains found in the Luhansk People’s Republic in March this year by the Russian investigative committee.Another fact, which Charles Michel and Mark Rutte omitted, is NATO’s eastward expansion, which has continued throughout the post-Gorbachev era and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon, with Finland and Sweden waiting ratification of their NATO candidacies and Kyiv refusing to give up hope of re join the alliance – something that could bring NATO troops to Russian borders and is obviously seen as a threat by Moscow. But despite all the anti-Russian rhetoric at the UN General Assembly, Moscow is far to be isolated, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held dozens of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the main event with politicians from Asia, Africa, the Arab world, Latin America and Europe. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa also held BRICS talks on the sidelines of the UN GA. On Friday, Lavrov spoke with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. Perhaps Serbia’s own experience of being sanctioned and bombed by the United States and NATO in 1999, when around 500 peaceful Serbs lost their lives, played a role in the country’s current moderate stance on the Ukrainian question. When asked by the Russian media if Serbia will introduce sanctions against Moscow, Vučić’s response was negative: “They have not been implemented, and I hope they will not be” – a he told reporters. Lavrov also met with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó, with whom he discussed gas contracts and Russian company Rosatom’s plans to build the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary. Hungary depends on energy supplies from Moscow, as the country receives most of its oil and gas from Russia. kyiv regime for crimes committed against Russian-speaking citizens in the Donbass after the Maidan coup in 2014 and in the 8 years since. On Saturday, Sergei Lavrov is expected to speak at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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While Dutch, Belgian and European officials have turned their UN appearances into an exercise in Russia-bashing, other leaders, such as those of Serbia and Hungary, appear to have chosen dialogue with Moscow over confrontation. .

The list of speakers for the general debate of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday included European Council President Charles Michel, as well as Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo and his Dutch colleague Mark Rutte. All began their speeches with the theme of Ukraine.

According to Charles Michel, the Kremlin is waging a hybrid war that “combines violence with poisonous lies”. Michel rejected Russia’s allegations that kyiv committed genocide against the Russian-speaking population of Donbass and spoke of stories of “rape, torture and graves”, which he blames on Moscow, and which he claims to have heard during his visit to Ukraine.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed respect for Mikhail Gorbachev’s legacy in ending the Cold War. He also said that “Russia stands on the wrong side of history” and that its “aggression must be stopped”.

According to Rutte, Moscow’s special military operation was unprovoked, as he added: “Russia is not a victim, it is an aggressor – no one was invading Russia, no one was threatening the people. Russian”. His view was echoed by Charles Michel, who also said that “nobody threatened or attacked Russia”.

Willingly or not, however, Rutte and Michel omitted to mention the 8 years before Moscow’s direct involvement in the Ukrainian conflict, when the OSCE constantly reported the bombing of peaceful citizens in Donetsk by the kyiv regime, or the atrocities committed by the Ukrainian regime the army against ethnic Russians in the Donbass, with hundreds of human remains found in the Lugansk People’s Republic in March this year by the Russian investigative commission.
Another fact, which Charles Michel and Mark Rutte omitted, is NATO’s eastward expansion, which has continued throughout the post-Gorbachev era and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. , Finland and Sweden awaiting NATO ratification. candidacies and kyiv refusing to give up hope of joining the alliance – which could bring NATO troops to Russian borders, and which is obviously seen as a threat by Moscow.

But for all the anti-Russian rhetoric at the UN General Assembly, Moscow is far from isolated, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held dozens of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the main event with politicians from Asia, Africa, the Arab world, Latin America and Europe.

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa also held BRICS talks on the sidelines of the UN GA.

On Friday, Lavrov spoke with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. Perhaps Serbia’s own experience of being sanctioned and bombed by the United States and NATO in 1999, when around 500 peaceful Serbs lost their lives, played a role in the country’s current moderate stance on the Ukrainian question.

When asked by Russian media whether Serbia would introduce sanctions against Moscow, Vučić’s response was negative:

“They haven’t been implemented, and I hope they won’t be” – he told reporters.

Lavrov also met with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó, with whom he discussed gas contracts and Russian company Rosatom’s plans to build the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary. Hungary depends on energy supplies from Moscow, as the country receives most of its oil and gas from Russia.

On Thursday, Sergei Lavrov delivered a speech at a ministerial meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine, highlighting the kyiv regime’s “impunity” and “lawlessness” for crimes committed against Russian-speaking citizens in the Donbass after the Maidan coup. in 2014 and in the 8 years that followed. On Saturday, Sergei Lavrov is expected to speak at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.



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