UN Secretary General Guterres
«Russian annexations would violate international law»
UN Secretary-General António Guterres sees the referenda supported by Russia in several areas of eastern Ukraine as a possible breach of international law.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meets with US President Biden during the 77th session of the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP/dpa
“Any annexation of the territory of a state by another state due to the threat or use of force is a violation of the UN Charter and international law,” Guterres said at a special session of the UN Security Council on the Ukraine war on Thursday.
At the same time, Guterres emphasized, alluding to Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin’s barely concealed nuclear threats: “The idea of a nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, has become a topic of discussion.” This is not acceptable.
Meanwhile, the war is not calming down, on the contrary: it is “further steps away from any prospect of peace – and towards an endless cycle of horror and bloodshed.” He demanded that those responsible for possible war crimes must be held accountable in a fair and independent trial.