Ukraine War, September 23, 2022 (II): Time for fence-sitters to choose sides

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Dispatches

1) “ÉDITORIAL: Face à Poutine, il faut maintenant choisir; L’escalade inquiétante du président russe, qui a ordonné, le 21 septembre, la mobilisation de 300 000 hommes et agité de nouveau la menace nucléaire, place désormais les pays qui ont gardé le silence depuis le début de la guerre en Ukraine devant un choix simple : soutenir ou de dénoncer cette agression,” Le Mond, le 22 septembre 2022 (mis à jour à 10h01);

Analysis

At the meeting of the U.N. Security Council on September 22, foreign ministers and ambassadors, with the exception of the Russians, made clear that they support the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and in particular the sovereign equality of all states, the prohibition against the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, and the non-recocognition of territory acquired by the illegal use of force.

Russia was totally isolated. No country spoke in defense of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or the war crimes it is committing there.

Meanwhile, the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly is underway, where no one is explicitly defending Russia’s violation of the fundamental norms of the Charter.

A number of members of the Security Council spoke on Thursday about the fact that Russia by invading Ukraine is attacking the entire U.N.-based international legal order. Russia is not only violating the most fundamental norms and principles of the U.N. Charter and international law, but putting into question the very existence of the United Nations system for the maintenance of international peace and security.

The U.N. Charter protects every state. If its norms prohibiting aggression are not upheld, any nation may become the victim of the illegal use of force.

Vladimir Putin is now threatening the use of nuclear weapons, which would endanger the security of every nation in the world.

Now is the time for every member of the United Nations to speak out loudly in defense of the Charter and its fundamental norms and guiding principles.

They should all condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its ongoing commission of war crimes in that country.

In solidarity with the other nations of the world and to bring this horrific war to an early end, all nations should join the regime of sanctions imposed against Russia to achieve this end.

This they must do to guarantee their own security, and to bring to a halt Putin’s nuclear threats which endanger them and all of humanity.

The Trenchant Observer

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