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Senior Russian senator slams countries supporting UNGA resolution on reparations

Konstantin Kosachev pointed out that UN General Assembly resolutions "are not mandatory to begin with"

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. A resolution on Russian reparations for Ukraine, which was adopted at a special session of the United Nations General Assembly, is legally null and void and the encouraging thing is that the countries who supported it weren’t in the majority, Deputy Speaker of the Russian Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) Konstantin Kosachev said.

"The only thing that is encouraging is that the United States’ satellites and NATO allies that participated in the vote make up less than half of the UN member states, 94 out of 193," he wrote on Telegram.

Kosachev pointed out that UN General Assembly resolutions "are not mandatory to begin with." "However, if they run counter to the UN Charter and the basic principles of international law, it means that they are not only declaratory and also legally null and void."

According to him, it "will not stop their masterminds and authors from trying to achieve the main goal of this campaign ‘in support of Ukraine,’ which is to somehow legitimize the illegal steps to seize and use the assets that Russia had entrusted to them, expecting that international law was obligatory for all without exceptions and regardless of circumstances."

A special session of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to create an international register of damage that Russia allegedly inflicted on Ukraine. The document also recognizes the need to establish a mechanism for reparations. The resolution was passed by a vote of 94 to 14 with 73 abstentions. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that the resolution was aimed at legalizing the seizure of the Russian assets that had been frozen by Western countries earlier.