By Mario Villar |

United Nations (EFE).- This Friday before the United Nations, Europe tried to dismantle Russia’s “lies” about the war in Ukraine and prevent the countries of the so-called “Global South” from aligning with Moscow. strong international divide.

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 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 stressed that Moscow has mobilized against an “invisible enemy” that it says threatens it, although the reality is that “no one has threatened. attacked or invaded Russia.” and “nobody in Europe wanted conflict”.

The President of the European Council also blamed Russia’s argument that it had to intervene in Ukraine to prevent the genocide of Russian-speakers, or Russia’s insistence on talking about a “special military operation” rather than a war.

European Council President Charles Michel delivers a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York (USA) on September 23, 2022. EFE/EPA/Justin Lane
European Council President Charles Michel delivers a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York (USA) on September 23, 2022. EFE/EPA/Justin Lane

“This is a war, an unprovoked, illegal, unjustified aggression that seeks to forcefully change internationally recognized borders and is not acceptable,” stressed Michel, who condemned annexation referendums which was launched this Friday in the occupied territories and stressed that they would never be recognized.

The Belgian politician also took the opportunity to defend the sanctions imposed by the twenty-seven and make it clear that they are in no way responsible for the global food and fertilizer supply crisis, as Russia says.

West looks south

Europe sees these messages from the Kremlin as an attempt to create a rift between the West and many countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, which are badly affected by the global consequences of the war.

In recent days, both the EU and the USA have tried to approach the so-called global south on the outskirts of the UN General Assembly.

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna told a news conference today that there was a real risk of “splits” in the world and pointed out that in this week’s contacts, Paris had sought to highlight solidarity and counter Russia’s narrative of fracture and division. face various blocks.

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

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

In this regard, Colonna said that Russia is facing three problems: retreating from the battlefield, remaining increasingly alone on the international stage, and growing internal problems, as people do not understand the “useless, illegal and unjust war that they did not choose.” .”

European sources see very important countries such as India distancing themselves from Russia and point out that despite their equal distance, China has very clearly condemned Putin’s nuclear threats.

The foreign ministers of the two countries will address the United Nations this Saturday, as will Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

climate justice

As usual, the EU emphasized its intervention before the UN in measures against the climate crisis, but the harshest words in this area were heard from some of the countries that suffer the most from the effects of climate warming.

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

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif delivers a speech at 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 called for much more ambitious measures before it is too late, also intervened before the United Nations today.

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

“This war will not be 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.

Online publication: María Fernanda Rueda D.

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