Lithuania Cancels Bangladesh COVID-19 Donation over Abstaining on UN Vote

Lithuania has canceled COVID-19 vaccines donation to Bangladesh after the country abstained during the United Nations General Assembly vote on condemning the invasion of  Russia in Ukraine.

Rasa Jakilaitienė, the spokeswoman for the Lithuanian Prime Minister said the government was all set to send 444,600 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to Bangladesh.

However, Lithuania canceled it after Bangladesh abstained from voting of a non-binding resolution deploring the invasion of Ukraine “in the strongest terms” and condemns Russian President Vladimir Putin’s move to put his nuclear forces on high alert. 

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly adopted the resolution that demands Russia to “immediately” withdraw from Ukraine.

Bangladesh was among the 35 countries that abstained, while just five – Eritrea, North Korea, Syria, Belarus, and, of course, Russia – voted against it.

The General Assembly also expressed its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity.

Editors Note: Story “LITHUANIA-CANCELS-DONATION” corrected on 07.03.2022 21:08

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