Joint statement following a vote on a UN Security Council resolution on Russian aggression against Ukraine

United States Mission to the United Nations
New York, New York
February 25, 2022

Joint statement following a vote on a UN Security Council resolution on Russian aggression against Ukraine

The following is a joint statement delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, United States Representative to the United Nations, on behalf of Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic Dominican Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Micronesia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, UK and USA.

This afternoon, the Security Council passed a resolution to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine, to protect civilians, including children, and to call for the facilitation of rapid, safe humanitarian assistance and without hindrance to those who need it.

This resolution was vital and direct. Basically, it was about whether the countries of the Security Council – responsible for maintaining international peace and security – believe in respecting the Charter of the United Nations.

The Charter of the United Nations was written for the express purpose of preventing a war like the one President Putin has just unleashed. This war has resulted, from its earliest days, in devastating human losses – and Russia alone is responsible for this.

President Putin has chosen to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty. President Putin has chosen to violate international law. President Putin chose to violate the Charter of the United Nations. President Putin chose to drop bombs on Kiev, to force families to lock themselves in backpacks and take shelter in metro stations. President Putin is the aggressor here. There is no middle ground.

We believe that we have a special responsibility to oppose this violation of the Charter of the United Nations, because Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council which is guilty. Those of us here today continue to believe in the solemn duty and loftiest purpose of the Security Council — to prevent conflict and ward off the scourge of war.

Russia has abused its power today to veto our strong resolve. But Russia cannot veto our votes. Russia cannot veto the Ukrainian people. Russia cannot veto its own people protesting this war in the streets. Russia cannot veto the UN Charter. Russia cannot, and will not, veto accountability.

We thank the Member States who signed as co-sponsors of this resolution for standing with Ukraine and the Charter of the United Nations today.

We will take this issue to the General Assembly, where the Russian veto does not apply and the nations of the world will continue to hold Russia accountable.