The UN General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution demanding that Russia withdraw its troops from Ukraine on March 1. 141/193 countries voted in favor. 5 countries voted against. 35 countries abstained, including Vietnam.
The votes against came from Russia, Belarus, Syria, North Korea, Eritrea.
Other countries such as India, China, South Africa, Iraq, Vietnam, Bolivia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Pakistan, etc. abstained, alongside close allies of Russia, like Iran, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Armenia, …
Ambassador of Ukraine in Vietnam – Nataliya Zhynkina wrote on her personal FB that “Among all ASEAN members, only Vietnam and Laos abstained. My Vietnam, my second homeland, I am very disappointed.”
The post of the ambassador and the Embassy of Ukraine in Vietnam has received mixed opinions from Vietnamese netizens in Vietnam and abroad.
Many Vietnamese netizens think that the history of Ukraine and Vietnam is completely different and cannot be compared. Others support Putin’s actions. Most people share the loss caused by the war, hoping the war will end soon.
However, the ambassador made some comments that were deemed “negative for the Vietnam-Ukraine friendship”, she said that “Vietnam is a small country, you should not be neutral”.
Most Vietnamese netizens objected because Vietnam’s population and GDP are now higher than Ukraine’s. Vietnam has an area equal to Finland and Sweden, and bigger than Italy, not “small“. The history of Vietnam is longer than Ukraine’s.
At the annual press conference, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang shared Vietnam’s position when it abstained from voting on the resolution at a special session of the United Nations General Assembly on March 1.
Ms. Hang said that Vietnam’s position is that Vietnam always closely monitors and is extremely concerned about the situation of armed conflict in Ukraine, which is seriously affecting peace and security in the region and world.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that this position of Vietnam was clearly stated in the Spokesperson’s statement on February 25 and the special emergency session of the UN General Assembly on March 1.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang shared Vietnam’s position
Regarding the evacuation of Vietnamese citizens in Ukraine, Ms. Hang said that currently, agencies are coordinating with Ukraine and neighboring countries such as Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia.
On March 3, most Vietnamese people had left Kyiv, Odessa and Kharkiv had come out of the war zone, migrated to neighboring countries, or returned to Vietnam by relief flights.
- About 400 people have gone to Moldova to go to Romania,
- 140 to Poland and are in Warsaw,
- and 30 to Bulgaria.
According to a report by the Embassy of Vietnam in Kyiv, no Vietnamese casualties have been recorded.
Hundreds of Vietnamese citizens have been safely evacuated from Ukraine