That’s according to a joint statement of 36 delegations to the United Nations, an Ukrinform correspondent reports from New York.
It is noted that Russia, by organizing in the UN Security Council an event against the glorification of Nazism, has voiced accusations against the Baltic states and Ukraine.
Russia has used the event “to make cynical and unfounded accusations against Member States, to distort history for its own political purposes, and to promote a false narrative and disinformation on neighboring countries," the statement said.
According to the joint statement’s authors - the delegations of Western powers and Ukraine - this is a deliberate attempt to divert global attention from Russia's violations of international law, including in the field of human rights.
The timing of the event, the document said, was "especially troubling, coming against the backdrop of Russian military build-up on the Crimean peninsula and on Ukraine's borders."
According to the authors of the statement, the UN Charter prohibits the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.
"Any further military aggression against Ukraine would have massive consequences and a severe cost in response," the document reads.
In this regard, 36 Western delegations called on Russia to cease its hostile disinformation campaign against Ukraine, to de-escalate tensions in and around it, and " withdraw without delay the forces and equipment it has stationed in the country without Ukraine's consent."