4 Apr 2022 20:18

Russia's repeat request for UN Security Council meeting on Bucha declined - Lavrov

MOSCOW. April 4 (Interfax) - Russia's repeat request for a meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Bucha was declined, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

"We demanded a meeting of the UN Security Council yesterday, and our British colleagues who now chair the Security Council refused to do it. Our attempt today failed as well. They are saying they plan to consider the situation in Ukraine in all its aspects tomorrow," Lavrov told a press conference in Moscow.

"I guess, knowing British diplomacy, that the task is to dissolve this specific fake in Bucha in the demagogic reasoning on the nature of the Ukrainian crisis," the minister said.

"But we will still use the resources of our permanent mission to organize a press conference in New York today where detailed materials will be presented that show the true nature of the events in the city of Bucha that our Western colleagues are now trying to present as evidence of a war crime by Russia," he said.

"We will insist that the crimes committed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, led by nationalist, neo-Nazi battalions, should also, of course, not be left without consequences. We are working with our friends and colleagues on applying the relevant norms of international humanitarian law and to ensure that these accusations be based on very clear, specific and irrefutable facts," Lavrov said.