Russia has vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning its invasion of Ukraine. Eleven members voted in favour, but the decision was overruled by the permanent UNSC member and the current president.
The vote took place on Friday afternoon during an emergency session of the UN Security Council.
The draft resolution expresses concern over the Russian invasion, reaffirms Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and demands the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops.
The resolution was vetoed by Russia, although 11 of the 15 members voted in favour. China, India and the United Arab Emirates abstained.
US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield accused Russia of “an irresponsible permanent member of the Security Council abusing its power to attack its neighbor and overthrow the UN and our international system”.
She told Russia, “You can veto the resolution, but you can’t veto our votes; you cannot veto the truth.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia repeated his government’s argument that Russia is conducting a special operation to protect residents of eastern Ukraine, not a war against Ukraine and its people. He added that the goal will soon be achieved and these residents will have the opportunity to live in peace.
The resolution was proposed by about 80 countries, including the United States and non-members like Japan. This seemed to underline Russia’s isolation in the international community.
It also underscored the limitations of the UN, as the rejection was due to a veto by a permanent member country, despite growing global concerns.