Russia assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council

Amid international criticism, Russia assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council this Saturday, as befits its monthly shift

Russia has assumed this Saturday the monthly rotating presidency of the UN Security Council amid criticism from Ukraine and its allies, who remind Moscow of its repeated mockery of the international legal system.

Each of the 15 members, five permanent and 10 rotating, that make up the Security Council assume the presidency for one month. The last time Russia chaired the UN’s highest decision-making body was in February 2022, when it launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

It is also the first time that the president of a country that presides over the Security Council has an international arrest warrant for war crimes. The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued the injunction last month for the forced deportation of minors from Ukrainian orphanages.

The presidential position does not grant special prerogatives, although the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vasili Nebenzia, has highlighted in statements to the Russian news agency TASS that it will allow them to “supervise” certain debates, including the one related to arms control. Thus, they will raise the need for “a new world order” that “replaces the unipolar order.”

Ukraine has insistently protested that Russia take over the presidency of the Security Council, but the United States has responded that it cannot prevent Russia, as a permanent member of the Security Council and with veto power, from assuming the post. The United States, the United Kingdom, France and China also have veto rights.

The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, has responded that “unfortunately Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council, so there is no practical legal way to avoid that reality.” He has also warned that Moscow will “continue to use its seat on the Council to spread disinformation” and justify its invasion of Ukraine.

From Kiev they have expressed their absolute rejection and their Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dimitro Kuleba, has described the fact as “a bad joke” that has been linked to the Day of the Innocents of the Anglo-Saxon tradition, April’s Fool’s Day, which is celebrated precisely April 1.

“Russia has usurped its place,” said Kuleba, whose government has been calling for greater forcefulness against Moscow within the UN for a year. “The world cannot be a safe place with Russia on the Security Council,” added the minister, using the hashtag #InsecurityCouncil in his message.

For Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhailo Podoliak it is “another violation of international law.” Russia, “an entity that wages an aggressive war, violates the rules of International Humanitarian Law and Criminal Law, destroys the UN Charter and neglects nuclear security cannot preside over the most important security organization in the world,” he pointed out.

Source: dpa

(Reference image source: Marek Studzinski, Unsplash)

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