“I am very happy that the Czech Republic was able to participate in this discussion (On the Russian invasion of Ukraine, editor’s note) with your contribution. I categorically condemned the Russian aggression, the crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine. I spoke about the need to investigate and condemn these crimes.”
At a meeting of the UN Security Council, Lipavsky called for the formation of a court to try Russian aggression
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He described the gradual referendum planned by Moscow on the annexation of parts of Ukraine to Russia as a theft, and also referred to the Czech experience with the Russian occupation after August 1968.
“If it becomes a norm in international relations for countries to attack each other, this is totally unacceptable,” he added.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov also spoke in New York. Faced with the vast majority of speakers, he defended Russian aggression and accused the West of covering up the crimes of the Kyiv regime.
“The speech of the Russian actor was, of course, a cycle of lies and gossip … Lavrov above all is an outright liar. Minister Libavsky commented on his performance only that he only came there to make his statement and then cowardly ran away.
The whole topic of the meeting was Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, which in recent days has escalated with Russian mobilization and efforts to hold another interim referendum on territorial annexation in Ukraine.
“Some of the actions that Russia is taking are on the nerves of the entire international community, specifically the activities related to nuclear power plants and the danger of nuclear weapons. This is strong coffee even for countries like China or India,” said Lebavsky.
Viala: The Czechs will treat the Russians fleeing the same way as other asylum seekers. He has no news of their influx
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Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council. In recent years, there have been opinions in favor of reforming the organization. According to Lipavsky, if a country with veto power, including Russia, hampers reform efforts, this effort has no chance of success:
“The moment any player with veto power blocks UN reform, there is no chance for reform efforts to succeed. So this is something that we are constructively supportive of in the Czech Republic, but let us not be under the illusion that something is going to change anytime soon.”
Minister Lipovsky also spoke about people fleeing Russia before the mobilization. “We have humanitarian visas for Ukrainians fleeing the war because bombs fell on them. Citizens of the Russian Federation can, of course, apply for asylum, for example… But in my opinion, this problem should be solved in Russia – not by people fleeing to Europe,” he told Czech Radio.
He concluded that “even for security reasons, the Czech Republic cannot accept such a large number of Russian citizens, and this is simply unimaginable.”
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