Why is the UN not protecting Russia?
Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin accused the UN of “trying to impose its own agenda” on the situation in Ukraine.
Churkins comments came on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly adopting a resolution condemning Russian aggression in Ukraine and the “murderous aggression” of President Vladimir Putin’s regime.
Churkin told a Russian news conference that “the UN and the European Union” are trying to impose their own agenda on the events in Ukraine.
“They want to dictate to Ukraine, the Ukrainian authorities, the people, what it means to be a sovereign state, what they should be doing, and then try to dictate the international agenda in terms of sanctions,” Churkins statement read.
“They want this to be the case, so that Ukraine is not able to defend itself.”
Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russia of violating its sovereignty by sending troops into Ukraine.
The United Nations says it has been unable to resolve the conflict between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine because of Russian interference in the Ukrainian political system.
The US has also said it has no plans to increase sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine or the conflict.
Chu, however, told reporters that the UN should be “a platform for Russia and other states to express their opinions on what they believe is the right course for Ukraine, not for Russia to dictate.”
Churkins statement came just days after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution against Russia’s annexation of Crimea, but it was narrowly defeated by a single vote.