Boris Bondarev leaves office over President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine
Boris Bondarev, adviser to the Russian mission to the UN in Geneva, has resigned from his post in protest at the war unleashed by President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. Bondarev announced his decision in a statement on LinkedIn, calling the invasion of Ukraine “not only a crime against the Ukrainian people, but perhaps the most serious crime against the Russian people.”
The Russian representative to the United Nations assures at the beginning of his letter that he has worked at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2002 and became an adviser to the Russian mission at the UN office in Geneva in 2019. Throughout my career I have seen several twists and turns in our foreign policy, but I have never felt more ashamed of my country than on February 24 this year,” the date when Putin launched the so-called “special military operation” in the neighboring country.
Bondarev believes that “Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine and, indeed, against the entire Western world is not only a crime against the Ukrainian people, but perhaps the worst crime against the Russian people.” “Those who conceived this war want only one thing: to remain in power forever, to live in pompous and dull palaces, to sail on yachts comparable in displacement to the entire Russian navy. Enjoy unlimited power and stay in total impunity. At the altar of this they are willing to lay as many lives as necessary. Thousands of Russians and Ukrainians have already died for this reason alone,” said the Russian diplomat.
The Russian foreign official believes that during these 20 years, all with Putin at the head of the Kremlin, “the level of lies and lack of professionalism has increased in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in recent years the situation has become simple “Instead of unbiased information, objective analysis and clear predictions, there are propaganda clichés in the mind of the Soviet press of the 1930s,” amid the horrific purges launched by the communist dictator Joseph Stalin.
Bondarev states that “the system is built in such a way that it deceives itself (…) and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov illustrates well the degradation of the whole system. In 18 years he has grown from a professional and qualified intellectual, appreciated by all his colleagues, to a person who makes contradictory statements and threatens the world, including Russia, with the nuclear arsenal. According to him, “The State Department is not committed to diplomacy today. It is devoted to warmongering, lies and hatred. The Russian diplomat concludes by pointing out that “I cannot continue to participate in this insane, bloody and senseless shame.”
Source: La Verdad