The Cuban regime abstains at the UN from condemning the annexation of Ukrainian territories

MIAMI, United States. – The Cuban regime refrained from condemning Russia for the annexation of Ukrainian territories, during a vote at the United Nations General Assembly held this Wednesday.

However, this multinational body approved with a resounding majority the resolution condemning the “illegal referendums” held in four Ukrainian regions and Russia’s attempts to annex those territories.

The text received 143 votes in favor, 35 abstentions and only five votes against (Russia, Belarus, North Korea, Nicaragua and Syria), which demonstrated the worldwide rejection of Moscow.

In this way, the UN General Assembly determined that the referendums and subsequent declarations of annexation “have no validity under international law and do not serve as a basis to modify in any way the status of those regions of Ukraine.”

Just one day before the vote at the United Nations, The Cuban regime, together with a dozen countries, tried to prevent this Wednesday’s vote from being held publicly.

In September of this year, the Cuban regime also opposed the intervention of the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, in the annual high-level debates of the UN General Assembly.

Although on that occasion Russia, Belarus, North Korea, Eritrea, Nicaragua and Syria were also opposed, the member states overwhelmingly approved kyiv’s request so that Zelensky could speak before the rest of the world leaders without having to travel to New York , given the state of war in your country.

In early March of this year, the Cuban government also abstained in the vote on a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, approved by the United Nations General Assembly with 141 votes in favor.

Likewise, in March, Havana ratified its support for Russia during an emergency session of the General Assembly in which the majority of the member states of the organization condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“The draft resolution on the situation in Ukraine, not approved in the Security Council on February 25, was not conceived as a real contribution to the search for solutions to the current crisis. The text under consideration by this General Assembly suffers from the same shortcomings and from the necessary balance”, said the permanent representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta.

Ukraine has criticized the Cuban regime’s support for the Kremlin. At the end of February, the charge d’affaires of the Ukrainian Embassy in Havana, Oleksandr Kalinchuk, said to CubaNet that the official declaration of the Island’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine was not acceptable.

“Cuba supports the Russian Federation -which carries out criminal acts- and considers that Russia’s motivations to start the aggression against Ukraine are just; condemns the supply of arms to Ukraine, which is so just and vitally necessary; it claims that the United States is the country responsible for the war in Ukraine and many others,” she said.

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