West uses Ukraine as pawn in geopolitical game against Moscow — Russia’s UN envoy

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UN, February 13. /TASS/. The West has little interest in Ukraine’s prosperity, because the country is being used as a pawn in the geopolitical game against Russia, Russia’s UN envoy Vasily Nebenzya told the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, it is obvious to us that the West is not interested in Ukraine itself, in its fate and well-being of its citizens. For them this country is a mere pawn in the geopolitical confrontation with Russia,” he told the UN Security Council session devoted to the fourth anniversary of Minsk agreements on Ukrainian reconciliation. “For them this country is a mere pawn in the geopolitical confrontation with Russia.”

Prior to the session, Nebenzya handed out copies of UN Security Council Resolution 2202, earlier adopted in support of the Minsk deal.

“Every single time I urge you: read this document very carefully. Do not recite the phrase you memorized: “Russia has to implement the Minsk agreements.” The agreements do not say a word about Russia,” he said.

“Kiev sabotages “Minsk” and tries to make Moscow accountable,” the Russian diplomat added.

At the same time, Kiev views calls for the implementation of Minsk agreements as high treason, Nebenzya said, referring to the charges of state treason, recently laid against Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Medvedchuk.

“The reason for this prosecution was his call for the direct dialogue between Kiev and Donbass and special status for Donbass within Ukraine – steps enshrined in the Minsk Package of Measures,” he said. “In other words, the implementation of the Minsk Agreements in today’s Ukraine equals to a treason and entails criminal prosecution.”

The Russian envoy reiterated that the Minsk package of measures remains the only chance for peace in Ukraine.

“We want to warn everyone – Kiev as well as its sponsors – against hopes for plan “B”, particularly if somebody is under the illusion that there is a military solution to Ukrainian internal conflict,” he said.

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