Thank you. I make this statement on behalf of the United States, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Poland, Swede, and the United Kingdom. We stand united in opposing Russia’s attempt to discuss yesterday’s serious escalation and in the Kerch Strait under an agenda item entitled, “Violation of the Borders of the Russian Federation.”
We strongly support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders extending to its territorial waters. We express our deep concern over the incident which represents a dangerous escalation and violation of international law. We look forward to discussing Russia’s provocation under the appropriate agenda item.
Accordingly, we urge all Council members to vote against the adoption of the agenda as proposed by Russia. Thank you.