Minutes after the UNHRC vote in Geneva on Sri Lanka, where Russia voted against the resolution, the United Nations General Assembly in New York, adopts a resolution, “calling upon states NOT to recognize a change in status of the Crimea region” in short NOT accepting Russian Annexation or Crimean Independence!
There were 100 Votes for the resolution, 11 against and 58 abstentions, with another 24 not turning up to the debate and are marked as absent. Sri Lanka is either absent or abstained, and as of this moment cannot find out which it was!
The Countries that voted with Russia are: Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe! Why I wonder they are not in my list of countries, I would ever want to visit! Though I have been to Russia, in the days it was called the Soviet Union and before the break up!
It is purely coincidental, but also very ironic that these two resolutions were voted on the same DAY!!!! Does that foretell something in the future? Anyway, how would Russia feel that SL did not vote with them on this?
My blog entry a few days ago here, mentioned this very fact, and our commitment in that regard. I know if we had voted for, there would be hell to pay in our future foreign policy, however being absent or abstained does not give a clear message about partitioning countries if the people living in the area of partition vote to secede. I am pretty sure we did not vote for that resolution!
Russia is NO doubt isolated in this case, as the people or countries voting with Russia are somehow dependent on Russia for their survival, and were helped by Russia in days gone by, and had an obligation.
I further stated a few days ago, that we don’t need Russia, for anything. So it was time to uncouple our relationship from them. I am sure this vote is indicative of that thinking and now that we have at least drawn a line in the sand as to how far we will go to support Russia, the latter knows how far they can push us due to our non dependence on them anymore for anything! A fat lot of good it did for SL in the UNHRC vote, as Russia was NOT able to influence more countries to vote against the resolution and so support Sri Lanka.
If any further evidence were needed that the first salvo has been fired of our intentions, this is it, coming on a day of immense significance for SLs future.