Moscow is not obliged to force part of Ukraine to remain part of the Ukrainian state, says Vasyl Nebenzia.
Ukraine has occupied the territory of its state and is waging hostilities on its territory. Russia is not responsible for forcing part of the Ukrainian state to remain in Ukraine against the will of the population, said Russia’s post-envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzya , reports TASS .
During a controversy with a German envoy at a Russian-initiated UN Security Council meeting, Christopher Heusgen, who accused Moscow of seizing the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, he sarcastically said that Ukraine might have occupied Russia and accused Kyiv of occupying its own territories.
Ukraine occupied its own state – Nebenzya / Reuters
“There is a simple answer to this question: unfortunately, Ukraine has occupied Ukraine and is waging war on its own territory,” Nebenzia said.
In addition, in response to Heusgen’s argument that Russia had violated the provisions of the Budapest Memorandum, Nebenzia denied Moscow’s commitment to Kyiv.
“Russia has not committed itself to forcing part of Ukraine to remain in its ranks against the will of the local population,” the Russian diplomat added.
Negotiations on Donbass
- On Thursday, February 11, Russia initiated a meeting of the UN Security Council on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the signing of the Minsk agreements. Russia tried to accuse Ukraine of violating the agreements on Donbass, but Western powers reminded Moscow that it was the Russians who were not fulfilling their obligations to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
- The head of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG, Leonid Kravchuk, said that Russia was sabotaging the agreements on Donbass and was showing no intention to implement measures aimed at resolving the armed confrontation.
- The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak said that Russian terrorist forces were carrying out provocative shelling in the conflict zone in Donbas, as a result of which Ukrainian servicemen were killed. In such conditions, it is impossible to conduct any negotiations.
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