Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

By Mario Villa |

United Nations (EFE).- Europe tried to dismantle Russia’s “lies” over the war in Ukraine and prevent the countries of the so-called “Global South” from aligning themselves with Moscow this Friday before the United Nations. Strong international divisions.

The president of the European Council, Charles Michel, devoted a large part of his speech to the UN General Assembly to respond to what Brussels called a string of lies used by Russia to justify its attacks and try to undermine Ukraine and its allies. In the eyes of the rest of the world.

“The Kremlin is waging a hybrid war that combines armed violence with the poison of lies,” said Michel, who insisted that Moscow has mobilized against an “invisible enemy” that supposedly threatens it, when the reality is that “no one has threatened, attacked Russia or invaded” and “no one in Europe wanted conflict”.

The European Council president also objected to Russian arguments that he had to intervene in Ukraine to prevent genocide of Russian-speakers or his insistence on calling it a “special military operation” not a war.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2022, in New York (USA).  EFE/EPA/Justin Lane
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2022, in New York (USA). EFE/EPA/Justin Lane

“This is a war, an unprovoked, illegal, unjustified aggression that seeks to change internationally recognized borders by force, and that is unacceptable,” stressed Michel, who condemned. Addition Referendum which were launched this Friday in the occupied territories and insisted that they would never be recognised.

The Belgian politician took the opportunity to defend the sanctions imposed on the 27 and make it clear that Russia is in no way responsible for the food and fertilizer supply crisis the world is facing.

West looks south

Europe sees these messages from the Kremlin as an attempt to create a divide between the West and many countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East that have been badly affected by the war’s global impact.

Both the EU and the US have tried in recent days to reconcile with the so-called “Global South” on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The French foreign minister, Catherine Colonnade, told a press conference today that there was a real risk of “division” in the world and noted that in this week’s communication, Paris sought to highlight solidarity and counter a Russian narrative that confronts fractures and different blocs.

According to the head of Community diplomacy, Josep Borrell, Europeans must do important explanatory work as some countries lean towards Russia because of anti-imperialist and anti-colonial forces in places like Latin America and Africa.

For Europe, the threat of nuclear weapons posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin is making it increasingly difficult for anyone to side with the Kremlin and increasing its isolation.

Along these lines, Colonna said that Russia is facing a triple problem: retreating from the battlefield, increasingly alone on the international scene and with growing internal problems given that people “do not understand the useless, illegal and unjust war that they did not choose.”

European sources see distance from Russia in crucial countries like India and point out that, despite its equidistance, China has very clearly condemned Putin’s nuclear threats.

The two countries’ foreign ministers will have their turn to speak before the United Nations this Saturday, when Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will also do so.

Climate justice

As usual, the EU has emphasized its intervention before the United Nations in its action against the climate crisis, but the strongest words in this case have been heard from some of the countries that suffer the most from the effects of global warming.

After the recent floods, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif demanded justice for those who are becoming “ground zero” for climate change and who, unlike industrialized nations, have not contributed to the problem.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2022, in New York (USA). EFE/EPA/Justin Lane

Several Pacific islands that are particularly vulnerable and demanding more ambitious action before it’s too late intervened before the United Nations today.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Josiah Bainimarama spoke of “a climate war that humanity is waging against itself, our ecosystems and the oceans.”

“This war must be fought not with bullets and bombs, but with indifference, denial and lack of courage as we all know,” he said.

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