You are here: Home » International » News » Politics
Wealthy nations must share technology with developing world: S Korean prez
Business Standard

No nation can stay 'indifferent' on Russia-Ukraine war: Emanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron admonished countries not to stay neutral about condemning Russia's war in Ukraine as he declared that Moscow's invasion amounts to a new form of imperialism.

France | Emmanuel Macron

AP  |  United Nations 

Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Macron

French President Emanuel Macron admonished countries not to stay neutral about condemning Russia's war in Ukraine as he declared that Moscow's invasion amounts to a new form of imperialism.

The war in Ukraine and its effects on food prices, fuel costs, Ukrainian nuclear power plants, and the larger context of tensions between Russia and the West is looming over the annual gathering of presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and other dignitaries. Neither Russia nor Ukraine has yet had its turn to speak during the nearly weeklong series of speeches.

Macron made the war the centrepiece of his speech, arguing that the conflict threatens to usher in a world where "the security and sovereignty of everyone no longer depends on a balance of strength, on the strength of alliances, but rather that of armed groups and militias."

"Who here can defend the idea that the invasion of Ukraine justifies no sanction?" he asked. "Who of you here can consider that the day when something similar with a more powerful neighbour happens to you, there'll be silence from the region, from the world?"

In two General Assembly resolutions in March, soon after Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, about 140 of the UN's member nations overwhelming deplored Russia's aggression against Ukraine, called for an immediate cease-fire and withdrawal of all Russian forces, and urged protection for millions of civilians. But more than 30 countries abstained, including China, India and South Africa.

On April 7, some 58 nations abstained from voting on a measure calling for Russia's suspension from the Human Rights Council. It passed, 93-24.

Macron called on the United Nations' member countries "to act so that Russia rejects the path of war," and he said that staying out of the matter isn't an option.

"Those who are keeping silent today actually are, in a way, complicit with a cause of a new imperialism, a new order that is trampling over the current order, and there's no peace possible here," he said. "The war in Ukraine must not be a conflict that leaves anyone indifferent."

"We're not talking about choosing a camp here between the East and the West, between the North or the South, either," the French president insisted.

"What we're talking about is everybody's responsibility everybody who's committed to the respect of the (UN) Charter and our common, precious good: peace."

Macron spoke shortly after Russian-controlled regions of eastern and southern Ukraine announced plans to start voting this week to become integral parts of Russia.

The Kremlin-backed votes, in territory Russia already controls, are all but certain to go Moscow's way. Western leaders who are backing Kyiv with military and other support have dismissed the votes as illegitimate.

"Russia declared war, it invaded this region, it bombed it, it killed people, it made other people flee, and now it explains that, in this same region, it is going to organize a referendum," Macron told reporters before his speech. "If this were not tragic, we could laugh.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Wed, September 21 2022. 06:59 IST