Statement on strong support for Ukraine

Statement by Representative of Slovenia to the UN Security Council Ambassador Samuel Žbogar at the briefing on the threats to international peace and security

Mr. President,

I would like to thank director Ebo for his briefing.

Mr. President,

Let me focus on three messages that we would like to convey at today’s meeting:

First: On the arms transfers, we would like to state our deep concern over the military cooperation between Russia and DPRK, as well as Russia’s import of DPRK ballistic missiles. These actions constitute serious violations of multiple UNSC resolutions and should be further addressed by the Council.  

Second: Russian Federation is waging a war of aggression against its neighbour. As simple as that. It is indeed cynical and quite audacious to wrap up its own aggression into concerns for European autonomy, for European taxpayers, for European soil, or for European civilians that you keep bombing. No thank you.

A number of countries, including my own, are responding to the request for help from Ukraine, with one sole purpose: helping Ukraine to protect its citizens, helping Ukraine to defend itself on its own territory in accordance with the right to self-defence of the article 51 of the UN Charter.

We are looking forward to the day when Russia withdraws its troops; peace returns to Ukraine and the two neighbours are able to co-exist peacefully.

Until then, we will be calling on Russian Federation to stop the aggression and to comply with Helsinki Charter of 1975 on inviolability of European frontiers, and to comply with article 2 of the UN Charter on refraining from the use of threat or use of force against the territorial integrity of any state.

Third. My country entered this Council with declared aspiration to contribute to building trust, peace and security, wherever and whenever we can.

The same international law, international humanitarian and human rights law that RF is applying to the situation in Gaza, applies to Ukraine as well. We remind RF of its call against double standards.

I thank you, Mr. President.

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