Russia on Thursday accused Canada of childishly commenting on a letter to the United Nations asking for support for a draft resolution on access to aid and protection for civilians in Ukraine, and Ottawa reacted with harsh comments.
In a fight on Twitter, the UN mission in Canada added several remarks on March 16 to the letter from UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia to Russia.
The UN Security Council will no longer vote on the draft resolution on Friday.
Diplomats said it would fail because most of the 15-member council had abstained from voting because it had not dealt with the accounts or because Russia had not recognized the invasion of Ukraine or failed to end the fighting or withdraw Russian troops.
In a discussion on Twitter, the UN mission in Canada wrote part of a letter to Russia: “Like other members of the international community, we are deeply concerned about its deterioration.”
The UN mission in Canada deleted the first words and read the rest, “We are not seriously concerned about its deterioration,” and at the end inserted “because we are the primary cause.”
In a later episode, Canada asked, “Do you think UN members really believe that?” On the last page, Canada suggested a part of an alternative ending: “We want you to know how much we care about the human life we have destroyed.”
Dmitry Polyansky, Russia’s first permanent representative to the United Nations, responded on Thursday:
“Thank you @CanadaONU for this Russophobic kindergarten libel!” he wrote on Twitter.
“It shows that your diplomatic skills and good manners are at an all-time low, and it gives you an idea of why your country should not have a permanent seat on the #Security Council. down emoji.
Relations between Russia and several Western nations have continued to decline to new levels since the Kremlin began its invasion of Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is engaged in a “special military operation.”
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