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Volodymyr Zelensky is expected at the United Nations

Volodymyr Zelensky is expected at the United Nations

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will take the UN podium for the first time on Tuesday. A year ago, he received exceptional authorization to intervene via video message. This time he will be there in person, for the high-level session of the annual United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and a special meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday, before leaving for Washington, where he will be received at the White Palace. . House THURSDAY.

“For us it is very important that our words, all our messages, are heard by our partners”he declared Monday while meeting with wounded Ukrainian soldiers on the front lines at a New York hospital. “Ukraine will present a concrete proposal to UN member states on how to strengthen the principle of territorial integrity and improve the UN’s ability to thwart and stop aggression.”clarified on X (formerly Twitter).

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Since the Russian invasion, an overwhelming majority of countries have adopted several resolutions in the UN General Assembly supporting Ukraine and its territorial integrity or calling for Russia’s withdrawal. But after a year and a half of war and cascading impacts, particularly on food security, some Southern countries are advocating for a diplomatic solution.

In this context, the intervention on the podium of the Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, is expected. Unlike several Western powers, Brazil has never imposed financial sanctions on Russia or agreed to supply munitions to kyiv and is trying to position itself, like China and Indonesia, as a mediator.

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As is tradition, the Brazilian will be the first head of state to speak. He will be followed in particular by US President Joe Biden and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is trying to revive the deal on Ukrainian grain exports across the Black Sea.

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