September 28, 2022

Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia stormed out of a U.N. Safety Council assembly on Monday as European Council President Charles Michel addressed the 15-member physique and accused Moscow of fueling a worldwide meals disaster with its invasion of Ukraine.

Michel had additionally accused Russian troops of conflict crimes and crimes towards humanity, particularly citing experiences of sexual violence – the main focus of the Safety Council assembly – and describing it as “a tactic of torture, terror and repression.”

Throughout his personal assertion earlier within the assembly, Nebenzia had “categorically refuted” any accusations of sexual violence by Russian troopers, condemning what he mentioned was a “lie.”

As he left the Safety Council chamber throughout Michel’s assertion, a visibly irritated Nebenzia informed Reuters: “I could not keep” due to “the lies that Charles Michel got here right here to distribute.”

Talking on to Nebenzia as he walked out, Michel mentioned: “You might depart the room, perhaps it is simpler to not hearken to the reality.”

Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine has fueled a worldwide meals disaster with costs for grains, cooking oils, gas and fertilizer hovering. Russia and Ukraine account for practically a 3rd of world wheat provides, whereas Russia can be a fertilizer exporter and Ukraine is an exporter of corn and sunflower oil.

“Mr. Ambassador of the Russian Federation, let’s be sincere, the Kremlin is utilizing meals provides as a stealth missile towards creating international locations,” Michel mentioned within the Safety Council. “Russia is solely chargeable for this meals disaster.”

U.N. Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres is attempting to dealer what he calls a “bundle deal” to renew Ukrainian meals exports and Russian meals and fertilizer exports. Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov is because of go to Turkey on Wednesday to debate unlocking grain exports from Ukraine.

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