Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will deliver a pre-recorded video speech to the UN General Assembly against Russia, Reuters reported on Friday. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said there were no plans for US officials to meet with their Russian counterparts in New York.
A Russian delegation headed by the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov He is scheduled to travel to New York next week for the General Assembly United Nations. The President of the United States will also be there Joe Biden and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
– We will hold meetings with Ukrainians. There are currently no plans to meet with the Russians. They are not interested in diplomacy, said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US ambassador to the United Nations.
Zelensky will address the UN General Assembly
The 193-member United Nations General Assembly announced on Friday that it had allowed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to address the annual meeting of world leaders via pre-recorded video.
101 votes to 7 with 19 abstentions. Russia, Belarus, Cuba, North KoreaEritrea, Nicaragua and Syria.
The Ukrainian representative to the UN, Zelensky, argued that he “cannot personally attend the sessions of the General Assembly because of the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine”.
Russia opposes Zelensky’s speech
Dmitry Polanski, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, said Moscow had always stood for “personal diplomacy at the United Nations” and accused its Western counterparts of double standards.
“This is happening at a time when representatives of African countries, who often face similar difficulties when they come to New York, are denied a similar right,” Polanski told the General Assembly on Friday.
For the past two years, world leaders have been able to issue video statements about the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year they were expected to come to New York to address the UN General Assembly hall.
The UN session will be held on Tuesday
The UN General Assembly is one of the six main organs of the organization established under the Charter of the United Nations. It meets annually in ordinary sessions starting on the second Tuesday in September and in extraordinary sessions when requested by the Secretary General or a majority of members (there have been 24 extraordinary sessions so far).
The 77th Ordinary Session of the UN General Assembly began on Tuesday, September 13 and is expected to continue until September 27. In the Assembly, each country has one vote. Every event must be notified in advance.
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