Prime Minister Alexander De Croo underlined the seriousness of the escalation of Russian aggression against Ukraine at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday. “We are here in the seat of multilateralism at a time when one of the founding members is violating all the rules of multilateralism and attacking a former colony. You could not have a more threatening situation for Belgium.”
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De Croo arrived at UN headquarters on the day Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization to bolster troops in Ukraine and expressed his support for referenda in Ukraine’s regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, which were held in Ukraine. west as a stepping stone to Russian annexation.
Putin also lashed out very hard at the west. “What we are experiencing today is unprecedented. I don’t think there have ever been such direct threats about the use of nuclear weapons even during the most difficult period of the Cold War,” said De Croo. But it is not the first time that Moscow has threatened with nuclear weapons, and Belgium and NATO must, according to the prime minister, continue their double response: “not to be intimidated, but also not to add fuel to the fire”.
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