Ukraine, together with partners, thwarted Russia's attempt to legitimize representatives of certain regions of Donbas, using the Arria format of the UN Security Council for this. This was stated today by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to the Interfax-Ukraine agency.
"The meeting will be boycotted not only by Ukraine, but also by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Estonia and Belgium. That is, all, except for the Russian Federation, the OSCE participating States that are now members of the Security Council. This is an important signal, because the OSCE is participating in the negotiation process within the TCG", - the head of the Ukrainian MFA said. According to him, due to the principled position of the Ukrainian partners in the UN Security Council, the Russian PR-action will not even be broadcast on the official UN resources.
"This is a clear response to Russia's attempts to manipulate international platforms and formats to spread its propaganda. I am grateful to partners, in particular Germany and France as participants in the Normandy format, for a strong solidary position in support of Ukraine", - Kuleba stressed.
Earlier, the "DNR/LNR" propaganda spread information that representatives of the so-called "republics" would speak at a meeting of the UN Security Council on December 2, using the Arria format. In the meantime, the given format assumes no meetings of the Council, but confidential meetings that allow the UN Security Council members to engage in a private exchange of views. Unauthorized persons may be invited to this unofficial meeting by the initiators, in the role of which any member of the UN Security Council can act. The Arria format meetings are not provided for in the UN Charter and the Security Council's Provisional Rules of Procedure. These informal meetings are not a Council activity and participation is not required. These meetings are not announced in the United Nations daily journal.