Remarks to the Press by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia following the UNSC meeting on Ukraine
Vassily Nebenzia: Everybody speaks their own tune. We brought up a real problem that concerns a broader issue than just human rights in Ukraine. It affects peace and security both in Ukraine and around.
Q: You said there was anti-Christian ... [inaudible]
A: In essence, yes, because they undermine the canonical church of Ukraine.
Of course the Ukrainian Orthodox Church made a statement that they had nothing to do with this meeting. And we recognize it. They did not ask us to, and we are not speaking on their behalf. But we are speaking on behalf of millions of believers who are being deprived of their basic rights by what their authorities are doing.
Q: There is a one-year anniversary of this conflict coming up. How does Russia see the future?
A: We hope our Ukrainian colleagues will become realistic and will come down to a table to discuss the meaningful settlement, not the fake one that they offer.