UN / UKRAINE WRAP

21-Feb-2017 00:03:35
United States (US) ambassador Nikki Haley said her government believes it is possible to have a better relationship with Russia but this could not “come at the expense of the security of our European friends and allies” calling on Russia to “respect” Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UKRAINE WRAP
TRT: 03:35
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN

DATELINE: 21 FEBRUARY 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

21 FEBRUARY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The ongoing tragic conflict in Ukraine illustrates that localized violence has the potential to escalate into more serious confrontations. These can have geopolitical consequences that risk undermining regional and international peace and security. Direct challenges to national sovereignty and territorial integrity are reminders that we must collectively work to preserve and strengthen a rules-based international order in order to maintain peace and security, in accordance with the Charter.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“The scenes of destruction from the town of Avdiivka in recent weeks show the consequences of Russia’s ongoing interference in Ukraine. Russia's recognition in recent days of purported passports and other illegitimate documents distributed by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions is another direct challenge to efforts to bring peace to eastern Ukraine.”
6. Pan right, delegates at Council table
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“The United States thinks it’s possible to have a better relationship with Russia. After all, we confront many of the same threats. But greater cooperation with Russia cannot come at the expense of the security of our European friends and allies. That is why the United States calls on Russia to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. That is why we continue to urge Russia to show a commitment to peace, by fully implementing the commitments under the Minsk agreements and ending its occupation of Crimea.”
8. Wide shot, Haley listening to Russian delegate
9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Petr Iliichev, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“With respect to allegations that the Russian decision to recognize certain documents from the Donetsk-Lugansk People’s Republic runs counter to the Minsk agreement. I will recall that it doesn’t run counter to any international obligations for our country. It was adopted in the interest of people so that they can enjoy the rights of freedom, in the situation when the government of Ukraine it seems is attempting to achieve the opposite.”
10. Pan left, Ukrainian Foreign Minister approaching stakeout
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Pavlo Kiimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ukraine:
“Of course, it fully contradicts the logic of Minsk. It’s about de-facto recognizing this illegal entity supported by the Russians. But today he also mentioned, giving this analogy, drawing this analogy, the examples of Taiwan and Northern Cyprus, and it shows somehow the logic Russia has been following in this exercise.”
12. Wide shot, Ukrainian Foreign Minister at stakeout
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Pavlo Kiimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ukraine:
“Russia sits in the Security Council and without Security Council reform it is unfortunately not possible to effectively counter Russian aggression. This situation, as I’ve said on many occasions, is somehow schizophrenic. We have an aggressor as a P-5 member sitting in the Security Council and blocking a number of attempts to press it effectively.”
14. Pan right, Ukrainian Foreign Minister leaving stakeout
STORYLINE
United States (US) ambassador Nikki Haley said her government believes it is possible to have a better relationship with Russia but this could not “come at the expense of the security of our European friends and allies” calling on Russia to “respect” Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Speaking at the Security Council today (21 Feb), Haley said the US continued to stand with the Ukrainian people adding that Russia on the other hand “armed, financed, and organized separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, leading to a devastating and senseless conflict that has cost more than 10,000 lives.” She said the scenes of destruction from the town of Avdiivka in recent weeks showed “the consequences of Russia’s ongoing interference in Ukraine.” She stressed that Russia's recent recognition “passports and other illegitimate documents distributed by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions is another direct challenge to efforts to bring peace to eastern Ukraine.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the ongoing “tragic” conflict in Ukraine illustrated that localized violence has the potential to escalate into more serious confrontations.” He said direct challenges to national sovereignty and territorial integrity were reminders that “we must collectively work to preserve and strengthen a rules-based international order in order to maintain peace and security.” Guterres affirmed the UN’s commitment to supporting a peaceful resolution of the conflict, in a manner that fully upholds the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine.

Russian deputy ambassador Petr Iliichev said Ukraine was in the throes of a far-reaching crisis and “Kiev is not able to resolve it.” He said Russia was concerned because the Ukrainian Government was “attempting to resolve the situation through military misadventures.” Iliichev said Russia’s decision to recognize certain documents from “the Donetsk-Lugansk People’s Republic” did not run counter to “any international obligations” including the Minsk agreement. He stressed that the decision was “adopted in the interest of people so that they can enjoy the rights of freedom, in the situation when the government of Ukraine it seems is attempting to achieve the opposite.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister disagreed with the Russian representative saying “it fully contradicts the logic of Minsk.” Pavlo Kiimkin said this was an attempt by Russia in “de-facto recognizing this illegal entity” adding that the examples of Taiwan and Northern Cyprus mentioned by Iliichev showed “the logic Russia has been following in this exercise.” Kiimkin said it was not possible to effectively counter “Russian aggression” while the Russia held a permanent seat on the Security Council calling for reform. He described the situation as “schizophrenic” as “an aggressor” was “blocking a number of attempts to press it effectively.”