Russia blackmails and bribes to block UN resolution on Crimea, - Ukraine's UN Representative

Source : 112 Ukraine

Moscow managed to "convince" at least 23 countries Yelchenko noted
14:33, 16 November 2016

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Russia through blackmail and bribery attempted to block the UN resolution on Crimea, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko announced. He stated this in his interview for "Ukrinform".

Russian Federation long before the vote on the UN resolution, started to work actively to prevent the approval of this document, according to him.

 "We know from our friends in many countries, especially in remote areas that Russian embassies in other capitals either resorted to overt pressure and blackmail – saying that if they support this resolution, then Russia will play against you in certain matters, or to the elementary bribery. And they just transferred the money,"he said.

Unfortunately, it is "the usual coordinate system in which Russian diplomacy is working," according to him.

As we known, 23 countries voted against the UN resolution. But this "diplomacy", according to the Ukrainian representative, this approach "gives out the Soviet stench”.

"If we believe that this group of countries is one that consists of the leading countries, then we have to put a huge minus sign. Among them there are Russian allies, that simply have similar problems, and they do not agree with the development of the history, which is happening in the world right now," he noted.

Related: The Hague Tribunal equates Crimea annexation to war

Yelchenko expressed surprise that there are also several CIS countries on this list, including Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, "Whose position on Ukraine could be somewhat different, given our well-established relationship with them".

Russian pressure unfortunately worked on them, he noted.

"It is their choice, we understand that, but we do not accept it and we will do necessary conclusions out of this," the diplomat added.

Earlier it was reported that Russian Federation intends to withdraw from the Rome Statute on establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the Court called Crimea annexation an armed conflict in the preliminary investigation. The corresponding decree was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and it was published on the official website of the Russian Federation legal information.

Related: Lutsenko to travel to Hague for talks with ICC representatives

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