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Churkin: no UN decisions on Ukraine, it’s all in hands of US, Russian leaders

March 08, 2014, 23:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 08, /ITAR-TASS/. The U.N. Security Council has held no discussions on Ukraine and made no decisions, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said.

“The Security Council may state its point of view or we can speak about the U.N. Security Council’s point of view only when the Security Council adopts some documents, resolutions or official statements of its president or semi-official statements for the press. But none of these has been adopted by the Security Council,” Churkin told Sergei Brilev’s Vesti v Subbotu news programme on Russian television on Saturday, March 8.

He regretted that his colleagues in the U.N. Security Council had the habit of publicly presenting their own point of view as the position of the Security Council. “At one of the recent meetings I drew their attention to the fact that this was professionally unscrupulous and asked them to never do this again,” Churkin said and stressed that “the Security Council has not adopted any decision on Ukraine and no such decisions are being prepared in the Security Council.”

He said that “the majority of non-Western members of the U.N. Security Council have assumed a very cautious position and do not make any categorical statements. The delegation of China offers us its moral support.”

“The U.N. may play a role in principle. The U.N. Secretary-General shows interest in playing a role in trying to settle the crisis in Ukraine. This is why he sent his first deputy there, who is there now, and sent some other of his representatives over there,” Churkin said.

“But the centre of our diplomatic activity lies in our contacts with the United States, and the talks our Minister Sergei Lavrov has held with [U.S. Secretary of State] John Kerry in Paris at first and then in Rome, as far as I understand, will be continued,” he said. “It’s all in the hands of our minister of foreign affairs and the U.S. secretary of state and naturally in the hands of the top leaders of our two countries,” Churkin said.

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