Roger Waters, an ex-member of PINK FLOYD, stated at the United Nations Security Council meeting that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was “illegal” but that the war was not “unprovoked.” Waters had been asked to appear at the meeting by Russian representatives.
After discussing war extensively, its consequences on the people and the environment, etc., Waters expressed his opinion on the present conflict in Ukraine. The singer and activist said he would try to articulate the sentiments of many of our fellow human beings around the globe.
“The invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation was illegal and I condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” he said. “Also, the Russian invasion was not unprovoked, so I also condemn the provocateurs in the strongest possible terms. There – that’s got that out of the way.”
During his speech, the celebrity cautioned that when individuals are disregarded for economic gain or global control, the outcome will be disastrous. He said, “Everyone on that road has a red button in their briefcase. The further we go down that road, the closer the itchy fingers get to that red button and the closer we all get to armageddon.”
He also responded to remarks ridiculing his presence at the council, with an unnamed council representative inquiring: “What’s next – Mr Bean?”
“To those who don’t know, Mr Bean is an ineffectual character in an English comedy show on television, so it’s a penny to a pound the anonymous diplomat is an Englishman,” Waters scoffed.
In the end, he addressed the Security Council by saying: “In our opinion, the only sensible option is to call for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine – no ifs, no buts, no ands. Not one more Ukrainian or Russian life is to be spent, not one – they are all precious in our eyes.”
You can watch Waters‘ speech in livestream below: