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UN Security Council is split - Russian envoy to UN

April 25, 2014, 0:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW

“We can’t expect much from it,” Churkin said

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MOSCOW, April 25 /ITAR-TASS/. The UN Security Council is split, and it is impossible to expect serious actions from it regarding the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine’s southeast, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said Friday.

“The Security Council is split. We can’t expect much from it,” Churkin said during a special program on Rossiya-1 television on Friday when asked whether a UN peacekeeping operation is possible in Ukraine.

He explained that such a scenario was unlikely.

Russia does not feel any isolation in the United Nations regarding Ukraine, Churkin said during a program. “There are certain moments when we are in a difficult situation, but we don’t feel that we are in isolation,” he pointed out.

“Even in the Ukrainian situation, when a resolution was put to vote in the General Assembly, nearly half of UN members refused to back the resolution,” Churkin recalled. “Even taking into account that the resolution did not say a word against Russia.”

Ukraine has been embraced by turmoil since a coup occurred in the country two months ago and new people were brought to power amid riots. Russia does not recognize the self-proclaimed Ukrainian authorities, but the West says they are legitimate.

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