October 7, 2022

Europe denounces Russian “lies” at the UN and seeks support

By Mario Villar |

United Nations (EFE).- Europe tried this Friday before the UN to dismantle Russia’s “lies” about the war in Ukraine and prevent the countries of the so-called “global south” from joining Moscow at a time of strong international division.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, devoted much of his speech to the United Nations General Assembly to respond to what Brussels sees as a series of falsehoods used by Russia to justify its invasion and to weaken his allies. in the eyes of the rest of the world.

“The Kremlin is waging a hybrid war that combines armed violence with the poison of lies,” said Michel, insisting that Moscow has mobilized against an “invisible enemy” that is supposedly threatening it, when the reality is that “no one has threatened, Russia attacked or invaded” and “no one in Europe wanted a conflict”.

The President of the European Council also denounced Russia’s argument that it should intervene in Ukraine to prevent a genocide against Russian-speakers or his insistence on calling it a “special military operation” and not war.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, addresses the United Nations General Assembly, in New York (US), on 23 September 2022. EFE/EPA/Justin Lane
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, addresses the United Nations General Assembly, in New York (US), on 23 September 2022. EFE/EPA/Justin Lane

“It is a war, an unprovoked, illegal, unjustified aggression that seeks to violently change internationally recognized borders and that is not acceptable,” stressed Michel, who annexation referendums launched this Friday in occupied territories, stressing that they will never be recognized.

The Belgian politician also took the opportunity to defend the sanctions of the Twenty-seven and make it clear that they are in no way responsible for the food and fertilizer crisis the world is going through, as Russia says.

West faces south

Europe sees in these Kremlin messages an attempt to create divisions between the West and many countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East hard hit by the global effects of the war.

Both the EU and the US have in recent days made overtures to the so-called ‘global south’ on the fringes of the UN General Assembly.

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said at a press conference today that there is a real risk of “division” in the world, pointing out that in this week’s contacts, Paris has tried to emphasize solidarity and counter a Russian narrative. that break and confront different blocks.

According to the head of community diplomacy, Josep Borrell, Europeans need to do important explanatory work, as the weight of anti-imperialism and anti-colonialism in places like Latin America and Africa causes some countries to lean towards Russia.

For Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear weapons threats are making it increasingly difficult for anyone to side with the Kremlin and increasing its isolation.

Along these lines, Colonna said Russia faces a threefold problem: retreat from the battlefield, increasingly alone on the international stage, and with growing domestic problems as people fail to understand a “useless, illegal and unjust war they have not chosen.” “. .”

European sources see a distance from Russia on the part of very important countries such as India and point out that, despite its equal distance, China has very clearly condemned Putin’s nuclear threats.

The foreign ministers of those two countries will be speaking before the United Nations this Saturday, while Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, will also speak.

climate justice

As usual, the EU has emphasized its action for the UN in its action against the climate crisis, but the strongest words in this area came from some of the countries most affected by the effects of global warming.

After the recent floods, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif demanded justice for those who are becoming “ground zero” for climate change and who, unlike industrialized countries, have not contributed to the problem.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, addresses the United Nations General Assembly, in New York, USA, on September 23, 2022. EFE/EPA/Justin Lane

Several Pacific islands that are particularly vulnerable and demanding much more ambitious measures before it is too late also intervened before the United Nations today.

Josaia Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, spoke of a “climate war that humanity is waging against itself, our ecosystems and the ocean”.

“This war is not being fought with bullets and bombs, but with apathy, denial and lack of courage to do what we all know must be done,” he said.

Web Edition: Maria Fernanda Rueda D.

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