The following is a joint statement by Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union.
We condemn Russia for once again abusing its UN Security Council seat to spread disinformation. We reject Russia’s continued efforts to distort history for its own political purposes and to promote hugely damaging false narratives and disinformation about neighboring countries, including by labeling others as “neo-fascists” and “neo-Nazis” without a basis in fact. The issues of rising global neo-Nazism and antisemitism deserve a meaningful and constructive discussion. We regret that this was not Russia’s intent today, and the many times it has held such meetings on the same topic.
Today’s informal meeting is another cynical and transparent attempt by Russia to justify its unprovoked, full-scale and illegal invasion of Ukraine, the continued impacts of which are dire, not only for the people of Ukraine, but for people around the world. Today’s meeting is another deliberate effort by Russia to divert the international community’s attention from Russia’s own blatant violations of the UN Charter and other international law, including its ongoing violations of international human rights law in Russia and rampant human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law in Ukraine.
We reaffirm our unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters. We reiterate our call on Russia to cease its hostile disinformation campaigns against Ukraine, to end its brutal and premeditated war of aggression, and to withdraw immediately, completely, and unconditionally its forces and equipment from the territory of Ukraine. We will continue to uphold international peace and security, and to defend human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression, and the rule of law. And we will continue to condemn Nazism, neo-Nazism, antisemitism, anti-Roma racism, and other forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and intolerance.