Council of Europe deplores Russia’s ‘web of lies’ used to justify aggression — Global Issues

“This is a hybrid war. It combines gun violence with the poison of lies,” Michel said, describing lies coming from the Kremlin – such as justifying war as a precautionary measure for the alleged genocide of Russian speakers in Ukraine.

“That’s wrong, and that’s gross,” he said.

More lies

Also, in Russia’s “web of lies” is that Russian aggression will be “special operations” and not war.

But Michel insists that this is indeed an “unwarranted, illegal and unjustified” war aimed at forcibly changing internationally recognized borders.

He went on to cite the lie that sanctions against Russia would lead to food and fertilizer shortages, pointing out that even before the war, Russia itself drastically reduced its exports of cereals and fertilizers – “supporting price volatility” on world markets.

Moreover, while Russia later militarily blocked Black Sea ports, making maritime trade impossible, the European Union (EU) opened a “solidarity corridor” to export millions of tonnes of food from Ukraine.

“Actually, there is a very simple way to end the food crisis: for Russia to stop the war, withdraw from Ukrainian territory and lift the blockade of ports,” said the president of the European Council.

‘Colonial war’

Imperialism and retaliation are the sole basis of the “war of occupation” targeting Ukraine, he continued, noting that the aggression deliberately trampled on international law and the UN Charter.

The threat of nuclear weapons and the use of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as a military base “must stop”, Michel stressed, throwing EU support behind the International Atomic Emergency (IAEA) efforts to restore security at Europe’s largest nuclear plant.

Marking that the EU prefers to respect borders over aggression, cooperation over threats, and a rules-based order rather than the most suitable law, he said: “Today, Russia is scary. The Kremlin is bringing the war back to Europe.”

The president then warned against allowing his destructive actions to jeopardize “our strong will to act for the common good”.

Expanding cooperation

From the impact of COVID-19 to the declining human development index and extreme weather patterns to the diminishing rights of women and minorities, she describes multilateral cooperation as “collective intelligence in action…[and] EU DNA”.

In the spirit of “no masters, no students,” Mr Michel stressed that the EU is acting at the UN, G7 and G20 and is reaching out to strategic partnerships with Africa, the African Union, Japan, South Korea, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ).

The president said he hoped to give a “new impetus” to the EU’s relations with the Latin American continent and the Gulf states.

“And we hope that new powers, including China, will sincerely participate in collective efforts for peace and development,” he said.

Veto

Noting that a strong multilateral system requires mutual trust, Michel stressed that the current Security Council is neither inclusive nor representative.

“The use of the veto should be the exception, but it becomes the rule,” he said advocating for “necessary and urgent” reforms.

“And when a permanent member of the Security Council wages an unwarranted and unjustified war, which is condemned by the General Assembly, his suspension from the Security Council shall be automatic.”

Climate neutrality

A senior EU official stated that leadership is “showing the way, and above all delivering results”.

“Energy and climate change are two sides of the same coin,” he said.

“Addressing the energy crisis means reducing climate threats. Protecting our biodiversity and oceans means securing our future. Climate neutrality is our compass”.

The Council president pledged to campaign at the upcoming United Nations Climate Conference (COP27) in November to “implement the Paris promises, and go beyond” for a just and equitable transition, reminding that “no country alone can protect our planet”.

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