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Vote on Ukraine resolution in UN GA shows Russia not in isolation

March 27, 2014, 21:02 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
Unlike UN Security Council resolutions, those adopted by the UN General Assembly are not binding and are advisory in nature
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UN General Assembly vote

UN General Assembly vote

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UNITED NATIONS, March 27. /ITAR-TASS/. The results of the vote on the Ukraine resolution in the UN General Assembly on Thursday, March 27, show that Russia is not in isolation, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said.

“This is a rather good result for us. We have earned a moral and political victory. There can be no question of Russia’s isolation in this situation,” the diplomat said.

The resolution against the secession referendum in Crimea, which was part of Ukraine but seceded from it and reunited with Russia last week, was passed by a 100-11 vote with 58 abstentions.

Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Venezuela, Cuba, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Russia, Syria, and Sudan voted against the resolution.

The document urges countries not to recognize Crimea’s accession to Russia after the referendum held on March 16.

Unlike UN Security Council resolutions, those adopted by the UN General Assembly are not binding and are advisory in nature.

The resolution is “confrontational in nature”, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said. “Russia’s attitude towards the proposed draft resolution is negative,” he said before the vote in the UN General Assembly.

Churkin believes that the document “is trying to call into doubt the significance of the referendum in Crimea, which has already played its historic role”.

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