Little support for Ukrainian initiative to oust Russia from UN Security Council, says Estonian Foreign Ministry

28 December 2022, 06:54 PM
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia believes that the issue of excluding Russia from the UN Security Council is not yet promising (Photo:Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia believes that the issue of excluding Russia from the UN Security Council is not yet promising (Photo:Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

It’s unlikely that Russia will be removed from the UN Security Council in the near future, as most countries are unwilling to back a Ukrainian initiative questioning the legacy of Russian’s UN membership, Märt Volmer, Undersecretary for Global Affairs for the Estonian Foreign Ministry, said in a comment to Estonian media outlet ERR on Dec. 28.

He noted that Tallinn is a supporter of Kyiv’s efforts to Internationally isolate Russia, considering it as "very good and correct" direction.

"Talks about the United Nations fall into the same category, but in this case it should be taken into account that, unfortunately, Ukraine does not have a lot of international support on this issue," he noted.

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Volmer thinks it would be possible to consider the exclusion of Russia from the UN Security Council) if this support materialized.

"This would be possible if a very large number of states thought the same as Ukraine, that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia acquired this status in some way outside the procedure, illegally, and this should somehow revise it,” he said.,

“But there are essentially no states that would consider it possible and necessary.”

The diplomat thinks the issue is hopeless for now, and has advised Ukraine to focus its efforts on those areas in which Russia really can be suppressed or isolated.

"It doesn't seem very doable and something worth spending a lot of time on now,” he commented.

“If it actually came to the point where it was put to a vote in the Security Council, Russia would obviously block it. That's obviously one of the reasons why most states now don't think it would be a very realistic course of action. Russia should rather be hindered where it can actually be done, where it has some support, where we can push it away from decision-making processes in the world."

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had earlier stated that Ukraine is planning to call for Russia to be removed as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, as the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the issue of the USSR’s international rights and obligations unresolved.

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