The Russian Federation organised an event at the UN Security Council aimed against the glorification of Nazism and used it to utter false narratives against other countries. In particular, Russia accused the Baltic states and Ukraine.

The joint statement was made by 36 delegations of the United Nations member states.

Russia used the event to “bring cynical and baseless accusations against member states, distort history for its political purposes, and utter false narratives and disinformation about neighbouring countries,” the statement reads.

The authors of the document believe that this is a deliberate attempt to divert the attention of the world community from Russia’s violations of international law, in particular in the field of human rights.

The timing of this event “is particularly alarming against the background of increasing Russian military build-up on the Crimean Peninsula and on the borders of Ukraine.”

According to the authors of the statement, the UN Charter prohibits the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any country.

“Any further military aggression against Ukraine would have massive consequences and lead to serious retaliatory measures,” the statement underscored.

Thirty-six Western delegations called on the Russian Federation to end its hostile disinformation campaign against Ukraine, reduce tensions around it, and “without delay withdraw forces and equipment stationed in the country without Ukraine’s consent.”

Bohdan Marusyak

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