Russian Foreign Minister Leaves UN Summit on Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Leaves UN Summit on Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Leaves UN Summit Amid 'Collective Condemnation'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made his own speech and left (Photo: Reuters)

Russia’s foreign minister refused to hear anyone else speak at a UN Security Council meeting about atrocities committed in Ukraine.

Sergei Lavrov tried to blame Ukraine for the Kremlin invasion, saying that ‘radical forces’ and ‘neo-Nazis’ had ruled since 2014 ‘as a result of an armed coup with direct support from Western countries’.

Speaking at a special Foreign Minister-level Security Council meeting, he also accused Kyiv of threatening his country’s security and ‘blatantly trampling’ on Russians’ rights.

This, he said, “simply confirms that the decision to conduct the special military operation was inevitable.”

Seven months after starting the brutal fighting, he claimed that the West wanted to ‘drag the fight as long as possible, despite the casualties, in order to wear down and weaken Russia’.

Denying the other 14 members the chance to address him, he arrived late and left right after his own speech.

Speaking after he left, the British Foreign Secretary said: ‘He left the House, I’m not surprised. I don’t think Mr. Lavrov would like to hear the collective condemnation of this council.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba later commented that the “amount of lies coming from Russian diplomats is quite extraordinary”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a high-level meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the situation amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN Headquarters. in New York, USA, on September 22, 2022. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky

He tried to blame Ukraine and the West for Russia’s war (Photo: Reuters)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, USA on September 22, 2022. Russian Foreign Affairs/Brochure via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY THIRD PARTIES.  NO RESALE.  NO FILES.  MANDATORY CREDIT.

He stated that the West wanted to ‘drag the fight as long as possible, despite the casualties, in order to wear down and weaken Russia’ (Photo: via Reuters)

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly speaks during a Security Council high-level meeting on the situation in Ukraine, Thursday, September 22, 2022 at United Nations Headquarters.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said he was ‘not surprised’ by Lavrov’s departure (Photo: AP)

“I realized today that Russian diplomats flee as skillfully as Russian forces,” joked Kuleba.

The meeting in New York was attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Lavrov, among others.

This came after Vladimir Putin warned that he is “not bluffing” about his willingness to use nuclear weapons against the West.

More than 1,300 protesters were arrested in 38 areas across Russia last night after the Kremlin leader announced a partial military mobilization, with 300,000 reservists to be called up to fight.

Moscow-controlled regions in eastern and southern Ukraine are also expected to hold ‘fake referendums’ on becoming part of Russia.

This afternoon, James Cleverly urged countries to reject the referendum ‘charade’ and warned that Putin will use it to annex swathes of Ukrainian territory and further escalate his aggression.

“Every day the devastating consequences of the invasion of Russia become clearer,” he said.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba attends a high-level meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the situation amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN Headquarters. in New York, USA, on September 22, 2022. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he had noticed that ‘Russian diplomats flee as properly as Russian forces’ (Photo: Reuters)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a high-level meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the situation amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine at the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, USA, September 22, 2022.  REUTERS/Amr Alfiky TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken puts his hand to his face (Photo: Reuters)

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“We see increasing evidence of Russian atrocities against civilians, including indiscriminate bombings and targeted attacks on more than 200 medical facilities and 40 educational institutions and horrific acts of sexual violence.”

Any meaningful action on Ukraine has been hampered because Russia is a permanent member of the security council with veto power.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said earlier at the meeting that “one man chose this war, one man can end it”.

“If Russia stops fighting, the war is over, but if Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine is over,” he said.

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Source : metro.co.uk

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