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Russia is calling on the UN Council to vote on a “Humanitarian Resolution” in Ukraine

The United Kingdom, China, France, Russia and the United States have veto power over the Council.

Moscow:

Moscow’s envoys to the United Nations have called on the Security Council to vote on a resolution on Ukraine’s “deteriorating humanitarian situation”, in which Russian troops have launched a full-scale attack.

Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, has regretted that France and Mexico have pledged not to submit a draft resolution on humanitarian aid to the Council, and that Moscow will present its “project” for a vote.

“We will present our draft, which is humanitarian,” Nebenzia said.

His deputy, Dmitry Polyansky, initially told AFP that Russia would ask him to vote on the text on Wednesday, but later a Western diplomat said it was postponed until Thursday after Moscow asked for more time to “negotiate.”

Nebenzia noted that since French President Emmanuel Macron launched the possibility of a Council resolution, Russia has said it is ready to accept one if it does not incorporate “political” language.

Paris and Mexico City, under significant pressure from London and Washington, had called for a “ceasefire” in their resolution, but that phrase would likely have sparked a Russian veto.

The Russian draft states the Council’s “grave concern” over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in and around Ukraine, and among those reported “dead civilians, including children.”

The resolution “requires the full protection of civilians, humanitarian workers and people in vulnerable situations, including women and children.”

The text – which includes a number of ideas developed by France and Mexico in their draft resolution – would likely get nine out of 15 votes in favor, unless one of the permanent members has to veto it.

The United Kingdom, China, France, Russia and the United States have veto power over the Council.

Paris and Mexico City have chosen to present their text at the UN General Assembly, where Russia cannot veto it. No date has been set for this vote.

Earlier this month, the General Assembly unanimously approved a measure condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, with a 141-5 vote with 35 abstentions.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a union feed.)

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