The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly adopted an updated resolution on human rights in annexed Crimea.
71 countries voted for the resolution, 77 abstained and 25 voted against, including Russia, Belarus, Armenia, India, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Cuba, Serbia, Syria, Uzbekistan,etc.
The General Assembly’s vote on the resolution is scheduled for December.
Ukraine’s parliamentary speaker Irina Gerashchenko has slammed the Belarusian delegation’s vote. According to the politician, it is the second knife in the back of Ukraine.
The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly stressed that the stance of the country remains ‘neutral’.
“It is quite a clear stand, not neutral. Once again Belarus lacked ‘neutrality’ to contradict the Russian position. At that, Minsk, which is aspiring to certain peacekeeping laurels, reiterates that it is establishing a neutral venue for negotiating the Donbas issues,” she said.
Last December, Belarus voted against the resolution on human rights in Crimea at the UN General Assembly; a month earlier, our country tried to block the adoption of the draft resolution by the Third Committee.