Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting Hosted by Russia on “Systematic and Mass Grave Violations of International Humanitarian Law”

Rodney Hunter
Political Coordinator
New York, New York
May 6, 2022


We’re not going to legitimize today’s discussion by delivering a lengthy formal statement. Russia’s actions speak for themselves, time and time again. Today is no different.

Russia’s misuse of the Security Council and the UN is not new—in the wake of Moscow’s brutal, unjustified, and unprovoked war, it has called for briefings and informal Arria-formula discussions numerous times to spew falsehoods. And this trend started long before its full-scale invasion of Ukraine this year—the Russian Federation’s Mission to the UN has been using the Security Council to spread disinformation, lies, and false narratives for years.

The Representative of the Russian Federation seems to think that repeating lies makes them true; but it only makes Russia’s tactics more transparent for the entire world to see. Russia has never been more isolated.

As the United States has said before, Russia must stop its war of aggression against Ukraine and stop using the Security Council to spread lies and disinformation.