June 8, 2023

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Despite the criticism of Ukraine, the UN Russia takes over Security Council presidency: “It’s a bad joke”

United Nations Security Council meeting at UN headquarters in New York (REUTERS/David ‘Dee’ Delgado/File)

Russia takes over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council this SaturdayA responsibility that he occupies for a month and it is basically legitimate, but it is This has angered the Ukrainian government and generated calls Neglect.

In April, the Russian delegation is responsible for managing the work agenda and presiding over meetings of the United Nations’ highest decision-making body, which is chaired by a member state on an alphabetical rotation basis each month.

One of the major benefits of the position President can organize special sessions Among the matters he regards as important and frequently attends to Government members.

In the Russian case, the foreign minister, Sergey LavrovTrip to New York Chair at least two of these meetingsDiplomatic sources said one would focus on respect for the UN Charter and the other on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The official agenda, which will be approved and submitted next Monday, is filled in any case with regular meetings on the various conflicts and issues that the House deals with, regardless of the leadership of the House.

Dmytro Kuleba (REUTERS/David Dee Delgado/File)

However, for Ukraine, seeing Russia as the head of the UN’s most important body “A bad joke”, as his foreign minister said this week, Dmytro Kuleba.

Russia has seized territory, is waging a colonial war, and its leader is a war criminal wanted by the ICC for child abduction.Kuleba took to Twitter to refer to the Ukrainian position that Moscow illegally obtained from the Soviet Union and the International Criminal Court’s recent decision against Vladimir Putin.

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In a recent comment by Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsyainsisted that The presidency gives Russia real powerShe recalled the last time she ran the invasion when it began, and argued that there was a legal basis for removing her from that post and expelling her from the Security Council.

However, this interpretation of the rules is at odds with most countries, including Western powers, who consider that the rules do not permit such action.

Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia, Russia’s representative to the United Nations, speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, U.S., March 18, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

for now, Council countries are not expected to heed calls to boycott Some have been initiated by pro-Ukrainian organizations and, according to diplomats, they may choose to send lower-level envoys to some meetings hosted by Russia.

In general, the rest of the forces consider that the work of the body should not be endangered and underestimate the image of the president.

“I don’t think we should attach great importance to it,” said a Western diplomat this week, who spoke on condition of anonymity and said he hoped Russia would exercise responsibility in a “professional” manner.

(with information from EFE)

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