The United States will ask the UN General Assembly to suspend Russia from the Geneva Human Rights Council. This was announced by US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield in response to the horrors of Bucha, while the Biden administration is discussing the tightening of sanctions in Moscow.
“The images of Bucha and the devastation across Ukraine now dictate that words are followed by deeds,” Greenfield wrote in a tweet. Russia is in its second year of a three-person mandate in the Council, but with a two-thirds vote in the UN Assembly it can be expelled “for serious and systematic violations of human rights”. “We cannot allow a member state that is subverting every principle we care about to continue to participate” in the council, said the US correspondent. “Russia should not have a position of authority in that body, nor should we allow Russia to use its seat on the Council as a propaganda tool,” she stressed.
Meanwhile, Moscow has asked for a meeting of the Security Council today “to discuss the provocation of the Ukrainian army in Bucha”, according to what was reported by the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on her Telegram channel. “Yesterday – he wrote – the current president of the United Nations Security Council, Great Britain, acting according to its worst traditions, once again refused to give consent to hold a meeting of the Security Council on Bucha. Today , Russia will ask once again for the United Nations Security Council to meet in session to discuss the criminal provocations of the Ukrainian military and radicals in that city “.
While international outrage over the Bucha Biden massacre rises, in coordination with the EU, it is studying new measures against Moscow. However, it is not yet clear what the next possible sanctions will be. US State Department spokesman Ned Price announced that “we will continue to increase the pressure until the Kremlin calms down but we will not anticipate specific measures”.
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