UN / UKRAINE RUSSIA

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Briefing the Security Council, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Rosemary Anne DiCarlo, said the United Nations is “deeply concerned” about the escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine over a naval incident this weekend in the Kerch Strait. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 26 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

26 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary Anne DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs:
“The United Nations is deeply concerned about this escalation of tensions, which is taking place in the broader context of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. In our last briefing to the Council, we urged all parties to avoid any unilateral steps that could deepen the divide or depart from of the spirit and letter of the Minsk Agreements. In that context, I wish to reiterate that the UN fully supports the lead role of the Normandy Four, the Trilateral Contact Group, the OSCE and other key actors to find a peaceful settlement.”
4. Med shot, Ukrainian Ambassador
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“What we witnessed this weekend is yet another reckless Russian escalation. Let’s be clear about what is known. Ukrainian ships set sail from one Ukrainian port to another Ukrainian port. They attempted to do so by the only possible way to go, through the Kerch Strait. Both Russia and Ukraine use the strait routinely. But this time, Russia decided to prevent passage of the Ukrainian ships, rammed them, and then opened fire on them. This is no way for a law-abiding, civilized nation to act.
6. Med shot, Russian Ambassador
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“As President Trump said many times, the United States would welcome a normal relationship with Russia. But outlaw actions like this one continue to make that impossible.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“The Russian claims about violation of the Russian border by the Ukrainian naval ships is an outright lie, invented just to cynically shift all the responsibility on the Ukrainian side, consciously manipulating the facts and ignoring the evidence.”
10. Wide shot, Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dmitry Polyanskiy, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“What Kiev has been doing, in coordination with the US and others, to promote a conflict line against Russia, is fraught with very dangerous consequences. We are going to curb any infringement of Russian sovereignty and territorial integrity including the Sea of Azov and that area. We do hope that that is clear to everyone.”
10. Wide shot, Council
11. Wide shot, EU Ambassadors
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Anne Gueguen, Minister Counsellor Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
“Nothing justifies the use of force by Russia. The situation is a direct consequence of the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014 and the subsequent construction of the Kerch Bridge. We strongly reaffirm our full recognition of the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”
13. Ambassadors walk away

STORYLINE:

Briefing the Security Council, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Rosemary Anne DiCarlo, today (26 Nov) said the United Nations is “deeply concerned” about the escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine over a naval incident this weekend in the Kerch Strait.

DiCarlo urged all parties “to avoid any unilateral steps that could deepen the divide or depart from of the spirit and letter of the Minsk Agreements” and reiterated the UN’s support for efforts towards a peaceful settlement.

United States Ambassador Nikki Haley said the latest events represent “yet another reckless Russian escalation,” adding that Russia “decided to prevent passage of the Ukrainian ships, rammed them, and then opened fire on them.”

She said, “this is no way for a law-abiding, civilized nation to act.”
Haley said, “as President Trump said many times, the United States would welcome a normal relationship with Russia. But outlaw actions like this one continue to make that impossible.”

Ukraine’s Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko told the Council that “the Russian claims about violation of the Russian border by the Ukrainian naval ships is an outright lie, invented just to cynically shift all the responsibility on the Ukrainian side, consciously manipulating the facts and ignoring the evidence.”

For his part, Russian Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy said that “what Kiev has been doing, in coordination with the US and others, to promote a conflict line against Russia, is fraught with very dangerous consequences.”

He said Russia will “curb any infringement of Russian sovereignty and territorial integrity including the Sea of Azov and that area.”

After the meeting and speaking on behalf of the European Union (EU,) French Ambassador Anne Gueguen, said “the situation is a direct consequence of the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014 and the subsequent construction of the Kerch Bridge.”

She said, “we strongly reaffirm our full recognition of the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”

According to news reports, three Ukrainian ships were stormed by Russian special forces at the Kerch Strait, injuring several Ukrainian sailors.
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