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12:01 a.m.: Russia has urged U.N. states to vote against an “unbalanced and anti-Russian” move at the General Assembly by Ukraine and others to mark one year since Moscow invaded.
The 193-member U.N. General Assembly is due to vote later this week on a draft resolution stressing “the need to reach, as soon as possible, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace” in line with the founding United Nations Charter.
Ukraine and its supporters hope to deepen Russia’s diplomatic isolation by seeking yes votes from nearly three-quarters of the General Assembly to match — if not better — the support received for several resolutions last year.
The draft text would again see the General Assembly demand Moscow withdraw its troops and call for a halt to hostilities. General Assembly resolutions are non-binding, but carry political weight.
Russian ally Belarus on Tuesday suggested amendments to the draft U.N. resolution, seen by Reuters, including “prevention of further escalation of the conflict through feeding the parties with lethal weapons.” Diplomats say they are unlikely to pass.
China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun told reporters on Tuesday that China would release a “position paper” on Ukraine likely within days that “will be mainly reflecting the consistent positions of China on this issue.”
“We have never called it peace plan. Its position paper,” Zhang said. “We will continue to emphasize respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries. We emphasize that countries should accommodate the security concerns of each other.”
“Mainly, we will call for peace, for dialogue, for peaceful settlement,” he said.
Some information in this report came from Reuters.