The non-binding resolution passed with 100 votes in favor, 11
against and 58 abstentions in the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly
on Thursday, in a vote that Western nations said highlighted
"This counterproductive initiative only complicates efforts to
resolve the domestic political crisis in Ukraine," the Russian
Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It accused Western states of using the "the full force of the
unspent potential of the Cold War-era propaganda machine" to whip up
support for the resolution.
"It is well-known what kind of shameless pressure, up to the point
of political blackmail and economic threats, was brought to bear on
a number of (U.N.) member states so they would vote 'yes'," the
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Several Western diplomats, however, have said Russia's U.N. envoy
led an aggressive lobbying campaign against the resolution in what
they said showed how seriously Moscow took the U.N. vote condemning
a referendum that led to its annexation of Crimea.
(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; editing by Timothy Heritage)
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