Russia is further cornered on the international stage due to the ongoing attack on Ukraine. The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called for the punishment of Russia in the United Nations and compensation from the country.
As one of the recognized nuclear powers, Russia is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, but the country is being cornered in the ongoing session of the General Assembly. Even countries that have so far avoided direct criticism of Russia’s attacks on Ukraine by staying silent or abstaining from voting are beginning to take a somewhat cooler view of Moscow.
Such hostility toward Russia is showing signs of increasing after a recorded speech by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Zelensky not only condemned Russia’s attack, but also called for Russia to be severely punished for such actions. He felt it was important to send that message to potential future aggressors about what the costs of carrying out such aggression might be.
The President of Ukraine demanded the severe punishment of Russia in the international arena for crimes such as Zelenskiy land seizure, killing of thousands of innocent people, oppression and humiliation of men and women.
He also called for the creation of a special international tribunal to document Russia’s crimes and a compensation fund using the country’s assets. Zelensky also called for the removal of Russia’s veto power in the Security Council.
Despite veto power, Russia is unable to gain leverage in the United Nations. The pressure on that country is increasing in the international arena. At the initiative of France, the Security Council is organizing a meeting of foreign ministers in a special session. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will also be present there.
Note that Blinken has refused to meet with Lavrov separately since Russia’s attack on Ukraine began in February. European Union foreign ministers also met in New York on Wednesday to discuss imposing new sanctions on Russia.
The US administration is extending its support to countries in the developing world that have so far hesitated to directly condemn Russia’s behavior. US President Joe Biden announced an additional $2.9 billion in aid to ensure global food security.
He believes that this move will go a long way in dealing with the disruption in food supply due to Russia’s attack on Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Moscow.
Like Zelensky, Biden advocated for permanent membership from Africa and Latin America in the Security Council. Biden vowed to avoid conflict with China in the current situation and go for more cooperation. Washington is encouraged that China has recently taken a somewhat tougher stance against Russia. Even North Korea has denied supplying weapons to Russia and has said it will not do so in the future.