Foreign and European Affairs and Trade Minister Ian Borg has stated that Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya’s harsh remarks towards Malta’s Security Council presidency were expected, as were the many other states’ words of praise.
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Speaking to Malta Daily while in New York for Malta’s UN Security Council Presidency, Minister Borg stated that Nebenzya’s comments on Malta’s presidency were anticipated since Malta called for a debate on Russia’s aggression on Ukraine. Borg went on to state that the Maltese delegation also welcomed other states thanking Malta for its leadership during the month of February.
On February 24, the Russian Representative criticised Malta’s leadership, stating “we regret the fact that the Maltese president time and time again ignored the procedures of the council and placed its national position, the position of the EU above the presidency.”
“We must acknowledge that Malta is not carrying out this tasks… There is no added value to expand the council with Western countries because you are turning the council into your own instrument”, Nebenzya stated.
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