UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Russia on Friday vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution that would have deplored Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, while China abstained in the vote – a decision Western countries see as a victory to show Russia’s international isolation.

The United Arab Emirates and India also abstained in the vote on the text drafted by the United States. The other 11 council members voted yes. The draft resolution is now expected to be considered by the 193 members of the UN General Assembly.

“We stand united behind Ukraine and its people, despite the fact that a reckless and irresponsible permanent member of the Security Council is abusing its power to attack its neighbor and overthrow the UN and our international system,” the statement said. US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield after Russia vetoed it. .

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Russia is a Security Council veto power, along with the United States, China, France and Britain.

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Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia thanked members of the Security Council who did not support the project, which he called anti-Russian.

“Your draft resolution is nothing but another brutal and inhuman blow to this Ukrainian chessboard,” Nebenzia said after the vote.

There was a rare round of applause in the Security Council chamber after Ukraine’s UN ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya observed a minute’s silence during his statement in memory of those killed .

“I am not surprised that Russia voted against it. Russia is keen to continue its Nazi-like course of action,” he said.

‘ISOLATED RUSSIA’

The UN vote was delayed two hours for last-minute negotiations between the United States and others to secure China’s abstention, diplomats said.

The council softened the language in its resolution to say it “deplores” Russia’s “aggression against Ukraine” “condemns”, while a reference to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which deals of Sanctions and Authorization of Force, was deleted with a reference to “the President”.

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“Make no mistake about it. Russia is isolated. They have no support for the invasion of Ukraine,” British Ambassador to the UN Barbara Woodward told the council after the vote.

The draft Security Council resolution demanded that Russia “immediately cease its use of force against Ukraine” and “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its military forces from Ukrainian territory within its internationally recognized borders. “.

The draft also demanded that Russia rescind its recognition of two breakaway states in eastern Ukraine as independent.

“It is regrettable that the path of diplomacy has been abandoned. We must return to it. For all these reasons, India has chosen to abstain on this resolution,” said Indian Ambassador to the UN, TS Tirumurti, to the council.

UAE Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh said her country supported the draft resolution’s emphasis on respect for international law and the UN Charter and was committed to territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of all UN member states.

Outside the Security Council Chamber, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, “We must never give up.”

“It’s important to remember that the UN is not just the chamber behind me. It’s tens of thousands of women and men around the world,” he said. “Stand up, deliver, extend a lifeline of hope.”

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Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Humerya Pamuk Editing by Sam Holmes and Rosalba O’Brien

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