Diplomats from 22 nations urge Pakistan to condemn Russia | Russia-Ukraine crisis News

The 193-member UN Common Meeting will this week vote on a decision condemning Moscow’s aggression in opposition to Ukraine.

The highest diplomats of twenty-two nations, together with European Union member states, have collectively known as on the federal government of Pakistan to help a decision within the United Nations Common Meeting (UNGA) condemning Russia’s aggression in opposition to Ukraine.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was in Moscow to satisfy President Vladimir Putin final week on the day Russian forces entered Ukraine. Pakistan has expressed concern concerning the fallout from the invasion however stopped wanting condemning it.

“As heads of mission to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, we urge Pakistan to hitch us in condemning Russia’s actions,” mentioned a joint assertion signed by envoys from 22 nations.

Signatories included EU member states Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands, in addition to Australia, Canada, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and Britain.

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Pakistani PM Imran KhanRussian President Vladimir Putin shakes fingers with Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan throughout a gathering in Moscow on February 24, the day Russian forces entered Ukraine [Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters]

The 193-member UNGA will this week vote on a decision condemning Moscow’s actions, just like one vetoed by Russia within the Safety Council on Friday. The decision wants two-thirds help to be adopted.

Earlier than his Russia go to, Khan mentioned the Ukraine disaster had nothing to do with Pakistan, which didn’t wish to be a part of any bloc.

Whereas Pakistan has begun increasing ties with Russia on vitality initiatives, the EU is its prime export market together with the USA.

The EU has given Pakistan particular commerce standing, the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP+), which lowers entry tariffs.

A Pakistan overseas workplace spokesman mentioned Islamabad has been partaking with members of the worldwide group to “alternate views” on the state of affairs.

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“We’ve all alongside advocated dialogue and continued engagement to de-escalate and work for a diplomatic resolution,” he mentioned.

The nation’s human rights minister, Shireen Mazari, responded on Twitter, calling the joint assertion “ironic”.

She mentioned Pakistan didn’t help navy drive, however the EU mustn’t adhere to the UN Constitution “selectively” as has been performed “for many years”.

She known as for the EU to sentence alleged violations by India and Israel.

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