UN / RUSSIAN RESOLUTION NEBENZIA

15-Mar-2022 00:03:31
Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzia said his delegation was preparing to put forward a draft resolution at the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and “see whether the Security Council can or cannot fulfil its mission.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR NEBENZIA
TRT: 3:31
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

15 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom in, Russian ambassador walking to stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“As I said, we made it clear that we would be prepared to adopt a humanitarian resolution. So, I think that the chances are still there. That's why we will put forward our own draft which is humanitarian, and we will put it into the blue shortly. And we’ll see whether the Security Council can or cannot fulfil its mission to adopt a resolution which will be on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine with clear humanitarian provisions like a call for a negotiated ceasefire, evacuation of civilians, respect of international humanitarian and human rights law, condemnation of attacks against civilians and civilian objects, safe and unhindered passage, unhindered access of humanitarian assistance, etcetera.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

4. Close up, journalist taking notes

15 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“I must tell you that we are very much concerned about how UN officials, including the top ones, including the Secretary General, including Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, are assessing the situation in Ukraine, accusing Russia of indiscriminate attacks. The Secretary General yesterday said that although that attack is condemnable, most of the destruction comes from the Russian sources. As if he was comparing two events and implying that that attack didn’t deserve condemnation.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

6. Close up, journalist taking notes

15 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Negotiated ceasefire, of course it should be negotiated. The ceasefire will take place when the conditions put forward by Russia will be implemented and they are very well known.”
8. UPSOUND (English) journalist asking question:
“Could you just lay it out, what those conditions are?”
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Demilitarization of Ukraine, de-Nazification of Ukraine, no threat which would come from that territory, from that country to Russia, no joining NATO. President Zelensky just announced just a few hours ago perhaps ago that he understands that Ukraine would not join NATO, citing in particular his disappointment with the way NATO reacted. But the goal of Ukraine joining NATO is in the Ukrainian constitution, so it should be dropped form there first and foremost.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

10. Close up, journalist taking notes

15 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Every situation is unique, but I do not recall the level of outrage, hysterics that the US invasion of Iraq.”
12. UPSOUND (English) journalist asking question:
“They tried to get Kofi Annan fired.”
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“No resolutions, nothing if you remember. No resolutions of the Security Council, nothing that would be comparable to what we are experiencing today. Thank you very much.”
14. Pan right, Nebenzia leaving stakeout
15. UPSOUND (English) journalist asking question:
“Mr. Ambassador, is Russia seeking help from China?”
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“We are strategic partners with China. We view the world and the situation in the world similarly.”
17. Wide shot, Nebenzia leaving stakeout
STORYLINE
Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzia said his delegation was preparing to put forward a draft resolution at the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and “see whether the Security Council can or cannot fulfil its mission.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (15 Mar), Nebenzia said Russia would support a resolution on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine but stressed that this should not be a disguised move to blame and shame Russia.

He said the proposal to bring a draft resolution put forward by France and Mexico to the General Assembly was not standard practice and insisted that Russia was “prepared to adopt a humanitarian resolution” adding that the “chances are still there.”

Nebenzia said the Russian draft would have “clear humanitarian provisions like a call for a negotiated ceasefire, evacuation of civilians, respect of international humanitarian and human rights law, condemnation of attacks against civilians and civilian objects, safe and unhindered passage, unhindered access of humanitarian assistance, etcetera.”

The Russian ambassador said yesterday, a cluster bomb attack by Ukrainian forces in Donetsk killed 21 and injured over 30 people, but it did not meet the appropriate coverage of condemnation. He said Secretary-General only mentioned the incident when asked by reporters.

Nebenzia said, “I must tell you that we are very much concerned about how UN officials, including the top ones, including the Secretary General, including Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, assessing the situation, in Ukraine, accusing Russia of indiscriminate attacks. The Secretary General yesterday said that although that attack is condemnable, most of the destruction comes from the Russian sources. As if he was comparing two events and implying that that attack didn’t deserve condemnation.”

Asked what it would take to have a full ceasefire in Ukraine, Nebenzia said this would have to be “negotiated” and would take place “when the conditions put forward by Russia will be implemented, and they are very well known.” He said these include the “demilitarization of Ukraine, de-Nazification of Ukraine, no threat which would come from that territory, from that country to Russia, no joining NATO.”

The Russian ambassador said Ukrainian President Zelensky announced his understanding that his country would not join NATO, “citing in particular his disappointment with the way NATO reacted.” However, Nebenzia stressed that the goal of Ukraine joining NATO is in the “Ukrainian constitution, so it should be dropped form there first and foremost.”
Asked about the similarities between the US invasion of Iraq and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Nebenzia said every situation is “unique,” adding that he did “not recall the level of outrage, hysterics” created by the US invasion of Iraq or anything “comparable to what [Russia is] experiencing today.”

In response to a question on Russia seeking assistance from China, Nebenzia said, “We are strategic partners with China. We view the world and the situation in the world similarly.”
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