The US has vowed to turn to the UN General Assembly after Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning its annexation in Ukraine.
Russia vetoes UN resolution on annexations
Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution introduced by the United States and Albania condemning Moscow’s proclaimed annexation of parts of Ukraine, with Russia’s strategic partner China abstaining from the vote.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed Russian rule over four regions that make up 15 per cent of Ukraine’s territory – the biggest annexation in Europe since World War II.
The move has been firmly rejected by Western countries and even many of Russia’s close allies.
US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield introduced the resolution that called on member states not to recognise any altered status of Ukraine and obliged Russia to withdraw its troops.