Cambodia’s vote for the UN draft resolution on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine does not affect the Russia-Cambodia relations, affirmed the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Cambodia, emphasising that Cambodia is Russia’s long-standing partner.

Speaking at an online press conference held on April 27, Press Attaché of the Embassy Mr. Rafael Iangareev said that Russia is aware of the Cambodian position, and respects the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“Being a long standing partner of the Kingdom, and in view of the traditional friendly relations with Cambodia, the Russian side believes it necessary to share its own concerns with the Cambodian partners, as well as to inform about its views, especially on the issues of its national interests,” he said in answering questions from AKP.

Cambodia in March added its voice to 140 other countries who voted in an emergency UN session for a resolution deploring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and calling for the immediate withdrawal of its forces.

In the emergency session of the UN’s general assembly, 141 of 193 member states voted for the resolution, 35 abstained, and five voted against.

As for the UN general Assembly resolution, which was adopted on Mar. 2, Russia believes that the resolution will be used by the Ukrainian authorities to continue the abuse of the Russian-speaking people, the deployment of military equipment in densely populated residential urban areas in Ukraine, and the unchecked distribution of weapons, including to inmates who were cut loose, Mr. Rafael Iangareev said.

“Cambodia is our long-standing partner, and Russia is always open to further development and strengthening of the bilateral ties,” he stressed.

Cambodia and the Soviet Union – now the Russian Federation – established their diplomatic ties in 1956.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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