China decided to abandon the practice of “abstention” during this week’s UN vote on documents related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Chinese delegation voted in favor of the General Assembly resolution, which calls Russia an “aggressor,” according to data published by the Icelandic mission to the UN.
The document A/77/L.65 “Cooperation between the United Nations and the Council of Europe” refers to the “unprecedented challenges” facing Europe “following the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and earlier against Georgia.”
The resolution also calls for “reparations” for the victims of Russia’s military aggression and “prosecution of all those responsible for violations of international law.”
In addition to China, Kazakhstan and all other post-Soviet republics except Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (which abstained), as well as countries that the Russian authorities call “friendly,” voted in favor of the document. These include India, Brazil, and Turkey.
Votes against came from only five countries. In addition to Russia, these are Belarus, DR Congo, Nicaragua, and Syria. A total of 122 countries were in favor.
Russian diplomats tried to get the word aggression removed from the resolution, but failed, said Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsya.
As reported, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has named its chosen representative to travel to Ukraine – the ambassador will visit Ukraine and other countries.