The UK has blocked a webcast of a UN meeting on Wednesday in which Russia’s children’s commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova is due to speak.
She is accused of war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over an alleged scheme to deport Ukrainian children.
Russia has called the informal meeting to discuss the “evacuation” of Ukrainian children from the war zone.
“She should not be afforded a UN platform to spread disinformation,” the UK mission at the UN wrote on Twitter.
“If Maria Lvova-Belova wants to give an account of her actions, she can do so in the Hague.”
A Russian representative to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, responded on Twitter saying: “[Western countries] would of course prefer to continue to spread lies and fakes on Russia’s alleged “stealing children” from Ukraine. Our meeting is threatening this mendacious narrative and therefore is like a bone in their throat.”
He also promised retaliation, saying “as a mirror move Russia will from now on block UN webcasts of all similar meetings citing “UK censorship clause.””
Britain also said its ambassador would not be attending the meeting.
The session is due to take place at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday in New York according to Russia’s mission at the UN. Lvova-Belova is expected to appear virtually.
Russia took over the presidency of the UN Security Council on April 1.