“We cannot — we will not — allow President Putin to get away with it,” Blinken stated in remarks on the assembly Thursday, held throughout the UN Basic Meeting’s excessive degree week.
The assembly got here amid every week of escalatory actions by Moscow, together with a mobilization order for a whole lot of hundreds of troops and deliberate “sham referenda” in Russian-occupied elements of Ukraine.
“That President Putin picked this week, as most of the world gathers at the United Nations, to add fuel to the fire he started shows his utter contempt and disdain for the UN Charter, the UN General Assembly, and this Council,” Blinken stated.
Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov was absent from the chamber for all however his personal remarks, by which he dismissed the widespread worldwide condemnation and once more blamed Kyiv for Moscow’s invasion. A number of officers steered the highest Russian diplomat left the room as a result of he didn’t wish to hear the condemnations.
A senior US State Division official instructed reporters on Thursday that “Russia really felt the hot breath of world opinion” on the assembly.
“I don’t think that there was anybody in that room across the Security Council from (Chinese Foreign Minister) Wang Yi to Tony Blinken who gave Vladimir Putin or Lavrov a shred of comfort. Everybody said this war has to end,” the official stated.
The official famous that Lavrov “did not appear until two minutes before his own speech — he had one of his minions listen, to the extent they were listening — and then he left you know within a minute and a half of speaking.”
They stated that the Russian official who sat within the chamber for many of the assembly — Deputy Overseas Minister Sergey Vershinin — and his staff “were pretty much stone faced throughout.”
Nonetheless, “there were faces of incredulity all the way around the table when (Lavrov) started re-litigating 2014 and calling the Ukrainians Nazis and doing the classic Putin mirror-imaging, accusing the rest of the world of everything that Russia itself is doing, including atrocities and human rights abuses, I mean, it was just ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass,'” they stated.
Blinken and others, together with UN Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres, highlighted the atrocities uncovered in Ukraine, the worldwide impacts of the struggle on issues like meals safety, and referred to as on Russia to stop its nuclear saber rattling.
The highest US diplomat stated Vladimir Putin’s menace to make use of “all weapon systems available” to Russia is “all the more menacing given Russia’s intention to annex large swaths of Ukraine in the days ahead.”
“When that’s complete, we can expect President Putin will claim any Ukrainian effort to liberate this land as an attack on so-called Russian territory,” Blinken defined. “This from a country that, in January of this year, in this place, joined the other permanent members of the Security Council in signing a statement affirming that, and I quote, ‘nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought.’ Yet another example of how Russia violates the commitments it has made before this body, and yet another reason why nobody should take Russia at its word today.”
“Every Council member should send a clear message that these reckless nuclear threats must stop immediately,” he stated.
Blinken stated Russia’s efforts to annex extra Ukrainian territory — which US officers say is the anticipated subsequent step following the referenda referred to as this week by Russian-backed leaders of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk Individuals’s Republics, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson — are “another dangerous escalation and repudiation of diplomacy.”
“It is even more alarming when coupled with the filtration operations that Russian forces have been carrying out across the parts of Ukraine they control,” Blinken stated. “It’s a diabolical strategy: violently uproot hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians; bus in Russians to replace them; call a vote; and manipulate the results to show near unanimous support for joining the Russian Federation. Right out of the Crimea playbook.”
He once more referred to as for accountability for the crimes uncovered in previously Russian-occupied elements of Ukraine like Bucha, Irpin, Izyum, the place mass graves have been found and survivors have recounted acts of torture.
“These are not the acts of rogue units; they fit a clear pattern across the territory controlled by Russian forces,” Blinken stated. “This is one of the many reasons we support a range of national and international efforts to collect and examine the mounting evidence of war crimes in Ukraine.”
Blinken reiterated that the USA would proceed to assist Ukraine and referred to as on others to do the identical.
“President Putin is making his choice. Now it’s up to all of our countries to make ours. Tell President Putin to stop the horror he started. Tell him to stop putting his interests above the interests of the rest of the world, including his own people. Tell him to stop debasing this Council and everything it stands for,” Blinken stated.
“One man chose this war. And one man can end it,” he stated. “Because if Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends.”
This story has been up to date with extra particulars.
CNN’s Jenny Hansler contributed to this report.