U.S. warns U.N. not to be fooled by calls for unconditional truce in Ukraine By Reuters

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© Reuters. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks, while sitting next to British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs James Cleverly, during a meeting at the United Nations Security Council, to mark one year since Russia invade

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By Michelle Nichols and Simon Lewis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned the United Nations Security Council on Friday that it should not be fooled by calls for a temporary or unconditional ceasefire in Ukraine, saying a “just and durable” peace cannot allow Russia to rest and rearm.

The council met to mark the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, which was launched on Feb. 24 last year as the 15-member body met in New York over Western concerns that Moscow was planning such a move.

Blinken’s warning to the council came just hours after China called for a comprehensive ceasefire as part of a 12-point plan on the war that was largely a reiteration of its approach since Russia launched what it calls a “special military operation.”

“Any peace that legitimizes Russia’s seizure of land by force will weaken the (U.N.) Charter and send a message to would-be aggressors everywhere that they can invade countries and get away with it,” Blinken said.

The 193-member U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly isolated Russia on Thursday, calling for a “comprehensive, just and lasting peace” in line with the founding U.N. Charter and again demanding Moscow withdraw its troops and stop fighting.

“No member of this council should call for peace while supporting Russia’s war on Ukraine and on the U.N. Charter,” said Blinken, who has accused China of considering supplying arms to Russia and warned Beijing against such a move.

Western powers have provided Ukraine with billions of dollars in weapons since Russia invaded. China told the General Assembly on Thursday that “sending weapons will not bring peace” in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told the Security Council that any new peace proposals should be aligned with the demands made by the General Assembly.

The Security Council has held dozens of meetings on Ukraine in the past year but has been unable to take any meaningful action because Russia is able to wield a veto.

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