Ukraine has blocked at the United Nations platform another resolution which would lead to the lifting of sanctions imposed on Russia over its aggression in Ukraine.
"Russia does not abandon attempts to adopt manipulative resolutions in the UN General Assembly. Under the pretext of combating the COVID-19 pandemic, they aim to erode the sanctions regime. On April 22, the Russian Federation submitted a new draft for approval. The text was corrected, but its manipulative nature has not changed," MFA Ukraine's press service reported.
Ukraine's top diplomat noted that Ukraine "broke the silence procedure" to block the initiative.
"Russia drafted another UNGA resolution aimed less at defeating COVID-19, but more at defeating sanctions. We couldn't support it and broke the silence procedure. Ukraine has cosponsored already two UNGA resolutions to fight COVID-19. Let's keep focused on the real response," Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba tweeted on Wednesday.
.@RussiaUN failed to accommodate the substantive objections expressed by a number of delegations to its initial #UNGA draft resolution on #COVID19, and therefore Ukraine breaks the silence procedure on the revised text. Read more ⤵ pic.twitter.com/opUKwJMKfZ— UKR Mission to UN (@UKRinUN) April 22, 2020
As UNIAN reported earlier, on April 3, Ukraine already blocked Russia's previous attempt to promote a resolution of the UN General Assembly that would create conditions for easing sanctions.