Next few days to be decisive for the whole world, says German FM

20 February, 06:35 PM
Annalena Baerbock (Photo:Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva/via REUTERS)

Annalena Baerbock (Photo:Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva/via REUTERS)

The next few days will be decisive both for the war in Ukraine and for the further development of the whole world, the Ukrinform news agency quoted German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock as saying at a press briefing on Feb. 20.

On Feb. 24, the UN General Assembly is expected to vote on a draft resolution which emphasizes the need to achieve a comprehensive, just and sustainable peace in Ukraine as soon as possible. The vote will be preceded by two days of speeches by dozens of member states.

Baerbock emphasized that the next week in New York “will sum up the entire past year,” namely global condemnation against Russia’s unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine, as shown by a vote on an UN General Assembly resolution in March 2022. While several countries that abstained, very few supported Russia.

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According to Baerbock, those that abstained have continued to do so, not because they do not condemn the war, or because they do not support the UN Charter, “but because they are very dependent on Russia.”

This global condemnation should be confirmed in New York on Feb. 23-24,she said.“

This war is not a European affair,” the minister said.

“This war has terrible consequences for the whole world. That’s why the whole world will appeal in New York the other day to (Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin with a call to stop the war and withdraw the troops, as well as restoring peace.”

At the same time, Baerbock noted that the EU and NATO partners had been working on strengthening their own defense capabilities for the past year.

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