Ukraine to dominate UN General Assembly amid geopolitical divide

by | Sep 18, 2022 | World

Climate change, Iran sanctions, and worsening global poverty will also feature at the annual meeting of world leaders in New York this week.Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a global food crisis aggravated by the war will be the focus of world leaders when they convene at the United Nations in New York this week, a gathering that is unlikely to yield any progress towards ending the conflict.
“It would be naive to think that we are close to the possibility of a peace deal,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday in advance of the high-level meeting of the 193 member states, which starts on Tuesday.
“The chances of a peace deal are minimal at the present moment.”
Geopolitical divides, hardened by the seven-month-old war, are likely to be on full display as the United States and Western allies compete with Russia for diplomatic influence.

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You are the strongest voices calling for change & for world leaders to wage peace instead of war.
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Moreover, the US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said there are no plans to meet Russian diplomats.
“They have not indicated that they have an interest in diplomacy. What they are interested in is continuing to raise this unprovoked war on Ukraine,” said Thomas-Greenfield.
She added while the war in Ukraine will be discussed, “we cannot ignore t …

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