U.S., U.K. Envoys React to Russia’s Veto on UN Resolution

By | February 26, 2022

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield and her U.K. counterpart Barbara Woodward speak after a UN Security Council resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and calling for the immediate withdrawal of its forces was vetoed by Russia’s envoy. The resolution sponsored by the U.S. and Albania won support from 11 nations while China — which often aligns itself with Russia on issues at the world body — was joined by the UAE and India in abstaining. (Excerpts)

Colleagues Not surprisingly Russia exercised its veto power Today in an effort to protect russia’s Premeditated unprovoked Unjustified and unconscionable war in Ukraine But let me make one thing clear Russia You cannot veto this resolution you can Veto this resolution but you cannot veto Our voices You cannot veto the truth You cannot Veto our principles You cannot veto The ukrainian people You cannot veto The u.n charter And you will not Veto Accountability Responsible members of this security Council have stood together today in the Face of russia’s aggression And we will continue to stand with Ukraine Supporting it in every way we can We are united behind ukraine and its People Despite a reckless irresponsible Permanent member of the security council Abusing its power to attack its neighbor And subvert the u.n and our

International system Colleagues A large majority of the council Has just voted in favor Of a resolution aimed at stopping war The resolution has not been adopted Only Because of the single veto Of the permanent member of this council Who is perpetrating that conflict Russia claims that its invasion of Ukraine is in self-defense This is absurd Russia’s only act of self-defense Is the vote They have cast against this resolution Today Make no mistake Russia Is isolated It has no support For the invasion of ukraine History will record how we voted today And which count countries stood up To be counted in defense of the charter And the sovereignty and territorial Integrity of ukraine

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