GA / EUROPEAN UNION MICHEL

23-Sep-2022 00:03:04
Addressing the general debate of the 77th Session of the General Assembly of the UN on Friday, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, said, “The Kremlin is waging a hybrid war that combines the violence of weapons with the poison of lies.” UNIFEED
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STORY: GA / EUROPEAN UNION MICHEL
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LANGUAGES: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

23 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Michel walking to rostrum
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Charles Michel, President, European Council:
“The Kremlin is waging a hybrid war that combines the violence of weapons with the poison of lies. The poison of lies. Thus, the security of Russia would have been threatened for years by - I say it in quotes – ‘the West.’ That's not true! The Kremlin is trying - I hope, in vain - to mobilize the rest of the world against an imaginary enemy.”
4. Med shot, Michel at rostrum, delegates, General Assembly hall
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Charles Michel, President, European Council:
“Second lie: this war would aim to prevent an alleged genocide of Ukraine's Russian-speaking populations and to ‘de-nazify’ the country. That's not true! And it's outrageous…Genocide is the concrete, intentional, total, or partial elimination of a national, ethnic, or religious group. And so, no one, except the Kremlin, would have noticed the large-scale massacres committed today by Ukrainians on other Ukrainians? And what is this alleged liberation that leads to the killing of Russian speakers and the ransacking of the infrastructures of their cities?”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly hall
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Charles Michel, President, European Council:
“Third lie: the aggression against Ukraine would be a simple ‘special operation’ and not a war. That's not true! It's a war. And the announced mobilization of hundreds of thousands of reservists only confirms this.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly hall
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Charles Michel, President, European Council:
“Imperialism and revanchism. These are the only foundations of this colonization war. A colonization war targets Ukraine and deliberately tramples international law and the United Nations Charter. And this is to the point of stirring up the threat of nuclear weapons. The threat of nuclear weapons and now using the largest nuclear power plant in Europe as a military base. This must stop.”
10. Med Shot, European Union delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Charles Michel, President, European Council:
“The European Union is not asking anyone to choose between East or West, North or South. But there is a choice to be made. And the European Union’s choice is respect for borders rather than aggression. It's cooperation rather than threats. And this is the rule-based order, rather than the law of the strongest.”
12. Wide shot, Michel leaving the rostrum
STORYLINE
Addressing the general debate of the 77th Session of the General Assembly of the UN on Friday (23 Sep), Charles Michel, President of the European Council, said, “The Kremlin is waging a hybrid war that combines the violence of weapons with the poison of lies.”

He said, “Thus, the security of Russia would have been threatened for years by - I say it in quotes – ‘the West.’ That's not true! The Kremlin is trying - I hope, in vain - to mobilize the rest of the world against an imaginary enemy.”

Another lie, according to the President of the European Council, another lie is that this war would aim to prevent an alleged genocide of Ukraine's Russian-speaking populations and ‘de-nazify’ the country.

“That's not true! And it's outrageous,” said Michel.

He continued, “Genocide is the concrete, intentional, total, or partial elimination of a national, ethnic, or religious group. And so, no one, except the Kremlin, would have noticed the large-scale massacres committed today by Ukrainians on other Ukrainians? And what is this alleged liberation that leads to the killing of Russian speakers and the ransacking of the infrastructures of their cities?”

According to the President of the European Council, another lie is that “the aggression against Ukraine would be a simple ‘special operation’ and not a war. That's not true! It's a war. And the announced mobilization of hundreds of thousands of reservists only confirms this.”

Michel stated that imperialism and revanchism are the only foundations of “this colonization war. A colonization war targets Ukraine and deliberately tramples international law and the United Nations Charter. And this is to the point of stirring up the threat of nuclear weapons. The threat of nuclear weapons and now using the largest nuclear power plant in Europe as a military base. This must stop.”

He reiterated, “The European Union is not asking anyone to choose between East or West, North or South. But there is a choice to be made. And the European Union’s choice is respect for borders rather than aggression. It's cooperation rather than threats. And this is the rule-based order, rather than the law of the strongest.”
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