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Blinken: We cannot and we will not allow President Putin to get away unpunished

KYIV. Sept 23 (Interfax-Ukraine) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that it is impossible to allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to remain unpunished.

"The very international order that we have gathered here to uphold is being shredded before our eyes. We cannot – we will not – allow President Putin to get away with it," Blinken said at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Thursday.

He stressed that the protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is not just the protection of the rights of one country to choose its own path, although this is a fundamental right.

“It’s also about protecting an international order where no nation can redraw the borders of another by force. If we fail to defend this principle when the Kremlin is so flagrantly violating it, we send a message to aggressors everywhere that they can ignore it, too. We put every country at risk. We open the door to a less secure, a less peaceful world,” the Secretary of State explained.

Blinken pointed out that every member of the UN Security Council should send a clear signal to the Russian Federation that thoughtless nuclear threats should stop immediately.