‘We made this decision through the so-called General Committee of the General Assembly, which adopts the agenda for the whole next year. Russia has not done without resistance. It was hard. Since it is an additional source of major concern for Russians. They hate it,’ the diplomat said.
Yelchenko added that the possibility of appointing such debate appeared owing to the inclusion of the separate item on the issue of Ukraine in the autumn of 2018 in the agenda of the General Assembly for 2019. At the same time, he clarified that it is not yet known whether decisions will be made on the results of the debates, although he does not exclude this possibility.
Earlier, on December 17, the UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution ‘The problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city (Ukraine), as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov’. 66 countries voted in favor, 19 were against, 72 abstained.
The resolution urges Russia to withdraw its forces from Crimea and terminate the illegal occupation of Ukrainian territory. It also condemns the military build-up of Russia in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.