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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proposed a “peace formula”, one of the points of which implies punishing Russia for invading Ukraine. He stated this in a video message to the delegates of the 77th UN General Assembly.
“A crime has been committed against Ukraine, and we demand a fair punishment… Ukraine demands punishment for an attempt to steal our territory. Punishments for killing thousands of people. Punishment for torture and humiliation of women and men. Punishment for the catastrophic turbulence that Russia provoked with its illegal war, and not only for us Ukrainians, but for the whole world,” the President of Ukraine said.
Zelensky urged to continue imposing sanctions against the Russian Federation, to isolate the country from international organizations until the end of the war and deprive the right to vote, including the right to veto in the UN Security Council, to impose visa restrictions on Russians, as well as to create a special tribunal in the case of Russian crimes and develop a mechanism damage compensation.
“Russia is obliged to pay for this war with its assets. This is also a punishment. This is one of the worst punishments for Russian officials who value money above all else,” the Ukrainian leader believes.
The “peace formula” proposed by Zelensky implies four more points: the protection of life, the restoration of security and territorial integrity, security guarantees, and the determination to defend. According to him, this formula can work not only for Ukraine, but also for other countries that may find themselves in a similar situation.
The President stressed that the settlement of the military conflict can only take place on the basis of the Ukrainian “peace formula”.
What is not in our formula? Neutrality. Those who talk about neutrality, when human values and the world are under attack, mean something completely different. They talk about indifference. Every man for himself. That’s what they’re talking about. They are interested in each other’s problems conditionally. Take care of each other formally. Protocol sympathize. And therefore, just as conventionally, formally and protocol-wise, they pretend that they are protecting someone, but in fact – only their own narrow interests. This is what creates the conditions for war. This is what needs to be corrected in order to create conditions for peace.
Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine broke off in early March. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov in early September declaredthat Moscow is ready for negotiations with Kyiv, but in this case we can only talk about the fulfillment of Russian conditions, which have remained unchanged since the beginning of the war. In turn, Vladimir Zelensky said that he was not ready to negotiate with Vladimir Putin now, because he did not see “the desire to be constructive” on the Russian side.
September 16 UN General Assembly allowed President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to speak at the meeting not in person, but via video as an exception due to the ongoing war. The proposal to allow the Ukrainian leader to speak was supported by 101 countries, another 19 abstained. Seven countries voted against: Russia, Belarus, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Eritrea and Syria.
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