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Russia calls for UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Ukrainian crisis

August 05, 19:43 UTC+4
“So far, the British presidency is jibbing but we will insist on convening the meeting this evening,” Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says
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THE UNITED NATIONS, August 05./ITAR-TASS/. Russia has called for the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said on Tuesday.

“We are convening an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine,” he said, adding that the Russian delegation hoped the meeting would begin at 17:00 New York time (01:00 a.m. Moscow time) but there were no consent from Great Britain, which was currently presiding at the UN Security Council. “So far, the British presidency is jibbing but we will insist on convening the meeting this evening,” Churkin said.

He said there was enough time to prepare the meeting. “There were cases when meetings were convened in a shorter time,” he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian foreign ministry said that the United Nations, the International Organization for Migration and the International Committee of the Red Cross were ready to discuss Russia’s initiative to send a humanitarian mission to eastern Ukraine.

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