The United Nations is mostly irrelevant these days, but noteworthy was the dishonor during Wednesday’s General Assembly vote on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The resolution has no legal consequences, although it does give you the moral flavor of the joint.
The vote to denounce the invasion, which is a clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations, was 141 votes against 4, with 35 abstentions. Belarus – which is Russia’s mini-me and aiding the invasion – Eritrea, North Korea and Syria voted against the resolution.
Among the 35 abstainers are Pakistan, India, China, Vietnam, South Africa, Iraq, Iran and Cuba. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who aspires to a leadership role in the world, can be proud to meet the standards of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Chinese envoy Zhang Jun said the resolution had not undergone “full consultation with all members” of the assembly. “Nor does it fully take into account the history and complexity of the current crisis. It does not stress the importance of the principle of indivisible security, nor the urgency of promoting a political settlement and intensifying efforts diplomatic,” he said.
Translation: China sides with Russia but wants to hedge for the benefit of its European trading partners. What a crowd.
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