Neighbors of Ukraine were instructed to issue a statement in support of Ukraine's territorial integrity and to become co-authors of the resolution.
"They understood if they oppose the motion, they will have to face dire consequences. Colleagues come up to us telling privately why this or that country had to give in to the pressure; they were told for example, that certain business contracts won't be signed or political dividends will be recalled if don't support the resolution” Lavrov said.
The Russian foreign minister stressed that Russia harbors "no hard feelings against these countries and this will not affect our bilateral relations".
Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said that after the vote on the resolution in the UN General Assembly many countries complained that they experienced enormous pressure from Western powers to support the resolution...Some countries voted grudgingly, shall I say, and complained to us about the strong pressure they were subjected to.
The resolution condemning the Crimean referendum was passed by a 100-11 vote with 58 abstentions. The document urges countries not to recognize Crimea's accession to Russia.
Unlike the UN Security Council resolutions, those adopted by the UN General Assembly are not binding and are advisory in nature.
Churkin said the result of the vote showed that Russia was not in isolation regarding the Crimean situation. "This is a rather good result for us. We have won a moral and political victory” the diplomat said.
(the Voice of Russia – edited by hungarianambiance.com)