Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Russia Vetoes UNSC Action On Ukraine, India, China And UAE Abstain

Russia, as predicted, vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Friday that “deplores in the strongest terms”  Russia’s “aggression” against Ukraine and calls for its soldiers to be withdrawn immediately.

The motion, which was co-written by the United States and Albania, received 11 of the council’s 15 votes in favor. China, India, and the United Arab Emirates abstained.

Because of Moscow’s veto authority as a permanent member of the council, the resolution was always bound to fail.

Nonetheless, the debate provided a significant opportunity for the chamber to express its displeasure with President Vladimir Putin’s decision to begin a full-scale operation against Russia’s neighbour.

“Let me make one thing clear,” US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said after the vote. “Russia, you can veto this resolution, but you cannot veto our voices, you cannot veto the truth, you cannot veto our principles, you cannot veto the Ukrainian people.”

And Russia, which currently controls the rotating Security Council president, will almost certainly face a vote in the UN General Assembly on a similar resolution, which may pass by a large margin but would be non-binding.

Make no mistake, Russia is isolated. It has no support for the invasion of Ukraine,” said Britain’s ambassador to the UN, Barbara Woodward.

Thomas-Greenfield termed the attack as “so bold, so brazen” that it “threatens our international system as we know it” before the vote.

“We have a solemn obligation to not look away… At the very minimum, we have an obligation to object,” she said.