The United Nations General Assembly is set to hold a special emergency session as early as Monday to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The meeting marks only the 11th time in United Nations history that such a session has been called. It was called as the Russian army has surrounded Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv and Moscow has placed its forces on nuclear alert.
“We urge Russia to tone down its dangerous rhetoric regarding nuclear weapons,” the US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.
The United States and Albania invoked the special “united for peace” mechanism created in 1950, to allow the UN to act in cases where the UN Security Council is deadlocked.
Its 15-member body called for the UNGA meeting after Russia used its veto power on Friday, to block any UN Security Council action to protect Ukraine.
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