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Russia: the Security Council will not vote on Friday on “helping Ukraine”

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Russia’s delegate to the United Nations said his country will not put to a vote on Friday a Security Council draft resolution calling for the arrival of aid and the protection of civilians in Ukraine.

Russia’s delegate to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzi, told the 15-member Security Council: “We decided at this time not to request a vote on the draft resolution, but we will not withdraw it.”

He accused Western countries of applying “unprecedented pressure” on other council members not to support the project.

On Wednesday, Britain, the United States, Albania, France, Norway and Ireland called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine, against the background of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country.

And the French news agency quoted its diplomats as confirming that Western countries’ members of the Security Council had called the emergency meeting for Thursday.

Britain, the United States, Albania, France, Norway and Ireland requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine on Thursday afternoon, against the background of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country.

And the French news agency quoted its diplomats as confirming that Western countries’ members of the Security Council had called the emergency meeting.

Meanwhile, diplomats said the UN Security Council is expected to meet on Friday to vote on a draft resolution tabled by Russia on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.

The draft resolution presented by Moscow includes, among other things, a demand that the Security Council condemn the attacks against civilians and call for a “negotiated ceasefire”.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday. A Security Council source also said Moscow could further delay the vote.

On Wednesday, Russia warned that it had evidence that Ukraine was preparing to use chemical agents against civilians with the support of the West, and accused Russia of doing so.

Poland has requested the formation of a NATO “peace mission” with “the protection of the armed forces” to help Ukraine, according to Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

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