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Kiev Fails to Attract Neutral Sides to Implement Its Peace Formula: Russia's UN Ambassador

© AP Photo / John MinchilloVassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations
Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations - Sputnik India, 1920, 18.09.2023
In late June, talks on Ukraine were held in Copenhagen with the participation of the G7 countries, some BRICS countries and Ukraine itself. The participants discussed the ways of implementing the peace formula of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Moscow considers the formula to be completely detached from reality.
Kiev has failed to "pull" neutral countries and international organizations to implement its peace formula, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia told Sputnik.

"As for the meetings on Zelensky's peace formula, as far as we know, Kiev is still unsuccessfully trying to pull neutral countries and international organizations to implement the points of its plan," Nebenzia said in an interview.

He called for an objective approach to anything the Ukrainians say about international support for Zelensky's formula, including a recent G-20 statement.
"We see no signs of UN involvement in these discussions, especially since [UN Secretary-General] Antonio Guterres has repeatedly spoken in this context about his commitment to the principle of impartiality and centrality," Nebenzia said.

Nebenzya urged that "everything the Ukrainians say about international support for the so-called 'Zelensky Plan' should be checked against the facts," including "the recent section of the G-20 statement on the Ukrainian crisis." "Everything else is 'from the evil one'," he concluded.

West Blocks Work on Russian-Chinese Resolution to Ease Sanctions on DPRK

The Western countries, under far-fetched pretexts, blocked work on a draft resolution of Russia and China on easing sanctions against North Korea, Nebenzia said.
"The Western bloc, under far-fetched pretexts, blocked work on a draft humanitarian resolution on North Korea prepared by the Russian and Chinese delegations. Such destructive behavior cannot be considered other than a violation of the spirit of the Council resolutions," Nebenzia said.
He also drew attention to the fact that despite the restraint shown by Pyongyang, there was no counter-movement from the West in terms of easing sanctions.

"On the contrary, the United States and its allies constantly make threats and introduce new illegal restrictive measures," Nebenzia stated.

In 2021, Russia and China submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council on the partial lifting of sanctions against North Korea. The authors of the resolution noted that the North Korean economy has been in poor condition in recent years. The resolution, among other things, proposed lifting the ban on North Korean workers working abroad, lifting sanctions on inter-Korean railway and road cooperation projects, and lifting a number of other restrictive measures.

US Made No Offer to Russia to Meet on Sidelines of UNGA High-Level Week

The United States has not offered Russia bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the high-level week of the UN General Assembly in New York, but Moscow will consider such an offer like any other, if it comes, Vassily Nebenzia said.
"There were no proposals for bilateral contacts during the high-level week from US colleagues. If we receive one, we will consider it, like all others," Nebenzia said in an interview when asked if talks with the US delegation were expected during the high-level week.
The high-level week of the UNGA session will take place at the UN headquarters from September 18-26.The General Debate, to be addressed by the heads of delegations, will begin on September 19.
The Russian delegation to the high-level week will be headed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He is expected to address the gathering on September 23.

Russia's Nebenzia Rejects UN's Claims That Saving World's Hungry Depends on Grain Deal

The United Nations' statements that saving the world's hungry depends on the Black Sea Grain Initiative are false, Vassily Nebenzia said, adding that claims of a rise in market prices due to Russia's withdrawal from the initiative are also incorrect.

"We continue to hear loud statements from the press service and officials of the global organization [UN] that the Black Sea Initiative is supposedly responsible for saving the hungry around the world. This does not correspond to reality, and we have repeatedly cited the relevant figures and facts," Nebenzia said in an interview.

Allegations that Russia's withdrawal from the initiative has led to an increase in prices are also false, he said, adding that they have actually continued to fall.
At the same time, Nebenzia said that consultations on the grain deal between Russia and the UN were continuing.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his team do not have the leverage to solve systematic issues with the implementation of the Russian part of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Nebenzia said.
"Unfortunately, we have to admit, and the UN had to admit this publicly more than once, the Secretary-General and his team do not have the leverage to solve systematic problems, although they are really trying," Nebenzia said.
At the same time, Russia "does not sit idly by" and continues to provide real assistance to the least developed countries of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the envoy added.
"Russian President [Vladimir Putin] covers these efforts in detail in his speeches. [He] also clearly stated conditions for Russia's return to the Black Sea [Grain] Initiative. We outlined them in detail here as well. This is not blackmail, as the West is trying to present it, but a demand to fulfill what we were promised a year ago," Nebenzia said.
On July 18, the Turkey- and UN-mediated Black Sea Grain Initiative, or the grain deal, which provided for a humanitarian corridor to allow exports of Ukrainian grain over the past year amid the Russian military operation expired as Russia did not renew its participation in the deal. Moscow said that the deal's component on facilitating Russian grain and fertilizer exports had not been fulfilled.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is holding a press conference to discuss the results of Russian diplomacy in 2022 - Sputnik India, 1920, 18.01.2023
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