By Mario Villar |

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

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, devoted much of his speech to the UN General Assembly to respond to what Brussels sees as a series of falsehoods used by Russia to justify its invasion and try 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” who allegedly threatens it, when the reality is that “no one threatened, attacked or invaded Russia” and “no one in Europe wanted a conflict”.

The President of the European Council also accused the Russian thesis of having to intervene in Ukraine to prevent a Russian-speaking genocide or the insistence on speaking of a “special military operation” and not of war.

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

“It is a war, an unprovoked, illegal, unjustified aggression that seeks to change internationally recognized borders by force and which is not acceptable”, underlined Michel, who condemned the annexation referendum which were launched on 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 27 and to clarify that they are in no way responsible for the food and fertilizer supply crisis that the world is experiencing, as Russia says.

West looks south

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

In recent days, both the EU and the US have sought a rapprochement with the so-called “global south” on the margins of the UN General Assembly.

The French Foreign Minister, Catherine Colonna, said today in a press conference that there is a real risk of “division” in the world and stressed that in contacts this week Paris has tried to highlight solidarity and fight a Russian narrative that look for the fracture and deal with different blocks.

According to the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, Europeans need to do important explanatory work, as the weight of anti-imperialism and anti-colonialism in places like Latin America and Africa causes some countries to lean towards the Russia.

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

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

European sources see very important countries like India moving away from Russia and point out that, despite its equidistance, China has very clearly condemned Putin’s atomic threats.

The foreign ministers of these two countries will have their turn to speak in front of the United Nations this Saturday, when the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, will also do so.

climate justice

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

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

Several Pacific islands which are particularly vulnerable and which have called for much more ambitious measures before it is too late have 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 fought with bullets and bombs, but with apathy, denial and a lack of courage to do what we all know needs to be done,” he said.

Web edition: María Fernanda Rueda D.

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