By Mario Villar |

United Nations (EFE).- Europe tried this Friday before the UN to dismantle Russia’s “lies” about the war in Ukraine and to prevent the countries of the so-called “global south” from aligning on Moscow at a time of strong international cleavage.

European Council President Charles Michel devoted much of his speech to the UN General Assembly to respond to what Brussels sees as a series of lies used by Russia to justify its invasion and attempt to weaken 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” which supposedly threatens it, while the reality is that “nobody threatened, attacked or invaded Russia” and “nobody in Europe wanted a conflict”.

The President of the European Council also castigated the Russian argument according to which it was necessary to intervene in Ukraine to prevent a genocide of Russian speakers or his insistence on speaking of a “special military operation” and not of a war.

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

“It is a war, an unprovoked, illegal, unjustified aggression which seeks to modify internationally recognized borders by force and which is not acceptable”, underlined Michel, who condemned the annexation referendums which were launched this Friday in the occupied regions and stressed that they will never be recognized.

The Belgian politician also took the opportunity to defend the sanctions imposed by the Twenty-seven and to specify that they are in no way responsible for the food and fertilizer supply crisis that the world is experiencing, as it says. Russia.

West looks south

Europe sees these messages from the Kremlin as an attempt to create a division between the West and many countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East which are hard hit by the global effects of the war.

Both the EU and the United States have in recent days sought rapprochement with the so-called “Global South” on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna told a press conference today that there is a real risk of “division” in the world and stressed that in contacts this week, Paris has sought to highlight solidarity and to fight a Russian narrative that seeks fracture and confronts different blocs.

According to the head of Community diplomacy, Josep Borrell, the Europeans must do an important job of explaining given that the weight of anti-imperialism and anti-colonialism in places like Latin America and Africa is lean some countries towards Russia.

For Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear weapons threats are making it increasingly difficult for anyone to side with the Kremlin and deepening its isolation.

In this sense, Colonna said that Russia is facing a triple problem: withdrawing from the battlefield, increasingly alone on the international scene and with growing internal problems as people do not understand a “war useless, illegal and unjust that they did not choose”. .”

European sources note a move away from Russia on the part of very important countries such as India and point out that, despite its equidistance, China has very clearly condemned Putin’s atomic threats.

The foreign ministers of these two countries will in turn speak before the United Nations this Saturday, when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will also do so.

climate justice

As usual, the EU has underlined its intervention before the UN in its measures against the climate crisis, but the strongest words in this area have been heard by some of the countries suffering the most from the effects of global warming.

Following the recent floods, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has called for justice for those who are becoming ‘ground zero’ for climate change and who, unlike industrialized countries, have not contributed to the problem.

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

Several particularly vulnerable Pacific islands which were calling for much more ambitious measures before it is too late also intervened today before the United Nations.

Josaia Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, spoke of a “climate war that humanity is waging against itself, our ecosystems and the ocean”.

“This war is not being fought with bullets and bombs, but with apathy, denial and a lack of courage to do what we all know must be done,” he said.

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