UN General Assembly votes to suspend Russia from UNHCR

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday suspended Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council over reports of "gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights" by Russian troops in Ukraine.

The vote was supported by 93 members, while 24 voted against it and 58 abstained.

The U.S.-led resolution needed a two-thirds majority of the voting members to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council.

Russia's first deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy , earlier warned that the exclusion of Russia from the UNHRC may have devastating consequences for the system of this world organization.

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