Posted: Friday, February 24, 2023. 12:52 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The United Nations Security Council is holding a session today marking the 1 year anniversary of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine.
During the session, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that the council should not be fooled by calls for a temporary or unconditional ceasefire in Ukraine, saying a “just and durable” peace cannot allow Russia to rest and rearm.
According to Reuters, the warning by the U.S. Secretary of State came just hours after China called for ceasefire as part of a 12-point plan on the war that was largely a reiteration of its approach since Russia launched what it calls a “special military operation.”
“Any peace that legitimizes Russia’s seizure of land by force will weaken the (U.N.) Charter and send a message to would-be aggressors everywhere that they can invade countries and get away with it,” Blinken stated.
On Thursday, the 193-member U.N. General Assembly isolated Russia calling for a “comprehensive, just and lasting peace” in line with the founding U.N. Charter and again demanding Moscow withdraw its troops and stop fighting.
“No member of this council should call for peace while supporting Russia’s war on Ukraine and on the U.N. Charter,” Blinken reiterated.
The U.S. has accused China of considering supplying arms to Russia and warned Beijing against such a move.
Countries in the West have assisted Ukraine with weapons since the invasion and China said that “sending weapons will not bring peace” in Ukraine.
The United Nations Security Council has held many meetings during the past year but has been unable to take any meaningful action because Russia is able to wield a veto.
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