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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova's comment on the UN General Assembly vote on the French-Mexican draft resolution on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine

25 March 2022 17:37

On March 24, the resumed 11th Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly voted for the French-Mexican resolution on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.

Despite its benign title, the document abounds in inappropriate, politicised language that is incompatible with the task of rendering coordinated, efficient aid to the country's civilians.

Our Western colleagues failed in their ploy to expand their base of support beyond the previous anti-Russia document adopted on March 2 of this year. Dozens of countries once again abstained from supporting such initiatives.

The adoption of a resolution by the General Assembly does not mean much in practical terms. Without a resolution of the UN Security Council that is authorised to grant mandates and security guarantees to humanitarian organisations and relevant UN structures on the ground, they are still deprived of the tools that are necessary for their activities. Meanwhile, this was precisely the goal of Russia's Security Council draft resolution that was rejected by a majority of the Council members on March 23 abstaining in the face of aggressive pressure from Washington and its allies.

We are grateful to all countries that did not support the French-Mexican draft resolution despite the unprecedented anti-Russia campaign of the West. We would like to single out for gratitude South Africa's initiative to submit an alternative draft resolution of the General Assembly, which is consonant with our document in its humanitarian aspects. Pretoria's text had good chances of receiving broad support from the developing nations.

However, the Ukrainian delegation used procedural tricks to propose removing the South African draft from the agenda as not germane and pro-Russian. The majority of states were disoriented and preferred to abstain, which allowed our Western colleagues to achieve the desired result.

This creates a dangerous precedent when even issues of humanitarian aid are politicised in the interests of some countries, and the community of UN members is artificially divided.

Against this backdrop, Russia will continue searching for ways of resolving the worsening humanitarian problems of Ukrainian civilians in cooperation with the many sensible delegations there are.

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