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UN: Poroshenko suggests removing Moscow’s UN Veto ‘to put Russia in its place’02:54

UN: Poroshenko suggests removing Moscow’s UN Veto ‘to put Russia in its place’

United Nations, New York City
February 20, 2019 at 23:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko suggested taking away Russia’s UN Veto while giving a speech at the United Nations in New York City on Wednesday.

“Maybe it is time to put Russia in its place - start with depriving it of its veto right, at least when it comes to issues related to the Russian Federation itself against Ukraine. What else could we do in order to bring peace to Ukraine and find a long-lasting solution to the Russian aggression?" Poroshenko said.

The Ukrainian President also brought UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres a petition to pressure Russia "to release the Ukrainian crew members" detained last November near the Kerch Strait.

"I brought with myself an appeal to the Secretary General to press on Moscow to release the Ukrainian crew members," Poroshenko said, stating that "it was signed by thousands and thousands of Ukrainians."

He said that Ukraine will "fight tooth and nail to prevent any and all attempts to present the Russian aggressive behaviour" towards his country.

Answering Poroshenko’s speech, Russian representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia said that this is "part of President Poroshenko’s election campaign, which began long ago here in the walls of the General Assembly.”

He added that "the real barrier on the path to the peace in Ukraine is the Kiev’s authorities lies and glaring reluctance to implement the Minsk Agreements and even more specifically is Kiev’s reluctance to have a dialogue with its own people."

UN: Poroshenko suggests removing Moscow’s UN Veto ‘to put Russia in its place’02:54
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko suggested taking away Russia’s UN Veto while giving a speech at the United Nations in New York City on Wednesday.

“Maybe it is time to put Russia in its place - start with depriving it of its veto right, at least when it comes to issues related to the Russian Federation itself against Ukraine. What else could we do in order to bring peace to Ukraine and find a long-lasting solution to the Russian aggression?" Poroshenko said.

The Ukrainian President also brought UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres a petition to pressure Russia "to release the Ukrainian crew members" detained last November near the Kerch Strait.

"I brought with myself an appeal to the Secretary General to press on Moscow to release the Ukrainian crew members," Poroshenko said, stating that "it was signed by thousands and thousands of Ukrainians."

He said that Ukraine will "fight tooth and nail to prevent any and all attempts to present the Russian aggressive behaviour" towards his country.

Answering Poroshenko’s speech, Russian representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia said that this is "part of President Poroshenko’s election campaign, which began long ago here in the walls of the General Assembly.”

He added that "the real barrier on the path to the peace in Ukraine is the Kiev’s authorities lies and glaring reluctance to implement the Minsk Agreements and even more specifically is Kiev’s reluctance to have a dialogue with its own people."