Russia’s Lavrov accuses west of considering ‘nuclear war’

UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn Russia’s war on Ukraine

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MOSCOW: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday accused Western politicians of considering nuclear war; one week after Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine.

He also accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of presiding over “a society where Nazism is flourishing”.

“I would like to point out that it’s in the heads of Western politicians that the idea of a nuclear war is spinning constantly, and not in the heads of Russians,” Lavrov said in an interview with Russian and foreign media.

Lavrov accused NATO of seeking to maintain its supremacy and said that while Russia had a lot of goodwill, it could not let anyone undermine its interests.

The Russian military operation against Ukraine is aimed, among other things, at ensuring that Kyiv does not join NATO, he said.

Lavrov said Russian forces were attacking military targets in Ukraine but added that the term ‘collateral damage has been in use since the Western campaigns in Iraq and Libya.

Loud applause resounded in the UN General Assembly Hall as member states overwhelmingly voted to adopt a resolution that condemned Russia’s “aggression against Ukraine” and called on Moscow to stop the war and withdraw its troops.

The resolution was passed in a rare emergency session called for after a similar resolution was shot down at the Security Council by a Russian veto. It is a so-called “Uniting for Peace” resolution, which allows a deadlocked council to refer the situation in question to the General Assembly.

This is only the 11th emergency session called for by the security council in the history of the UN. The last one was held on Israel in 1982.

Although the resolution is not legally binding, it did achieve its goal of increasing Russia’s isolation on the world stage. It was backed by 141 of the GA’s 193 members, with 35 abstaining from the vote, including China and Iran. Four countries joined Russia in voting against it — Syria, North Korea, Eritrea and Belarus.

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