The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly condemned Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine. 143 of the 193 member states voted in the largest body of the United Nations in New York on Wednesday for a corresponding resolution – 5 countries voted against, 35 abstained. The decision is not binding under international law, but it demonstrates Moscow’s clear international isolation.
The US and Germany had previously called for condemnation and warned of similar developments. “Today it is Russia that invades Ukraine. But tomorrow it could be another nation whose territory is being violated. It could be you. They could be next,” said US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas Greenfield. German diplomat Michael Geisler argued similarly.
Geisler told the largest UN body: “Today it is Ukraine – tomorrow it could be any of us. The sovereign equality and territorial integrity of each of us would be at the mercy of our neighbors.
According to the German diplomat, every country is obliged to reject the mock referendums and illegal annexations of Moscow. As his American colleague put it: “The borders of every country – no matter how big or small – are protected by international law.”
The vote is also seen as a global mood test on Moscow’s war of aggression in the neighboring country. Although the result is not binding under international law, it can develop political and moral power.
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