UN will vote on Sunday to convene a special General Assembly on Ukraine

United Nations, Feb 26 The UN Security Council will meet this Sunday to vote on the convocation of a special session of the General Assembly on Ukraine, after this Friday Russia vetoed a resolution proposed by the United States and its allies to condemn the invasion. The Council meeting will take place tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. in New York (8:00 p.m. GMT), the organization itself reported. According to diplomatic sources, a text promoted by the US and Albania will be voted on in it to convene a very unusual special session of the Assembly, the body where the 193 member states of the United Nations sit. The request for that meeting cannot be blocked by Moscow, so it is expected to go ahead and the Assembly will meet starting Monday to discuss the Ukrainian crisis and, eventually, vote on a resolution on the war, those sources pointed out. The move comes in response to Russia’s veto of a Security Council resolution proposed by Washington and its allies, backed by dozens of countries, which deplored the invasion of Ukraine and demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops. The US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, had already advanced on Friday her intention to go to the General Assembly to approve a condemnation of Russia’s intervention in the neighboring country. A priori, the General Assembly can adopt a text similar to the one that could not be approved on Friday in the Security Council -since there is no veto power there-, although the resolutions of this body are not binding and have less weight than the of Council. However, the text would send an important message to Russia and make clear the widespread opposition to the invasion among UN countries. Both the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, and the President of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, announced today that they have decided to cancel the trips they had planned for next week and remain in New York in view of the latest events. EFE mvs/rrt

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