UNITED NATIONS, November 14. /TASS/. Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s envoy to the UN, on Monday said the initiative of Western countries to create a mechanism through the UN General Assembly to collect reparations from Russia is legally null and void.
He made the statement at a special session of the UN General Assembly dedicated to Ukraine, which is considering a proposed resolution to impose reparations on Russia.
"The flawed nature of this initiative is obvious. From a legal point of view, the provisions of the proposal do not stand up to any criticism, are legally null and void and an attempt to legalize the illegal from the point of view of current international law," he said.
"This is a classic example of the concept of the ‘rule-based order,’ when a group of states doesn’t act on the basis of international law, but seeks to sanctify lawlessness, using the authority of the General Assembly and positioning it as a judicial body, which by definition it is not," Nebenzya said.
The UN General Assembly’s special session on Ukraine resumed on November 14. It considered a proposed resolution regarding a mechanism for Russia to pay reparations.