Russia vetoes U.N. Security Council draft as China abstains

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UNITED NATIONS: A United Nations Security Council draft was vetoed by Russia which was aimed at condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while China, the United Arab Emirates and India abstained from voting.

The other 11 members of the Security Council voted in favour of the draft.

However, the draft is now expected to be taken at the UN General Assembly.

The US ambassador to the Security Council Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, “we are united behind Ukraine and its people, despite a reckless, irresponsible permanent member of the Security Council abusing its power to attack its neighbour and subvert the United Nations and our international system,” after Russia cast its veto,

Only five permanent members of the Security Council have the power to veto any resolution or draft.

While Russia veto the draft, China abstained from taking any position. The other three members – the US, Britain, and France – voted in favour of the draft.

Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia calling the draft anti-Russian thanked all those who did not take part in the voting.

“Your draft resolution is nothing other than yet another brutal, inhumane move in this Ukrainian chessboard,” Nebenzia said after the vote.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s U.N. Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya held a one-minute silence for all those who have died because of the Russian invasion. There was a rare round of applause for the Ukrainian ambassador.

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