Ukraine has started the process of delegitimizing Russia’s membership in the UN Security Council, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said at a briefing on Jan. 4.
Kyiv has already taken the first steps in this direction and is currently preparing for the next stage, he said.
“At the end of December, we took important steps to deprive the Russian Federation of its status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and directly of the UN membership as a whole. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided irrefutable evidence of the Russian Federation’s usurpation of its seat in the Security Council, bypassing the procedures defined by the UN Charter. I will say frankly, in a number of capitals they were surprised to learn the fact of the illegal presence of the Russian Federation in the Security Council,” the minister noted.
According to Kuleba, the countries have already been split into three groups on this issue.
The first one publicly supports the thesis that Russia illegally obtained its seat on the UN Security Council.
The second group supports this thesis, but has not yet declared its position publicly.
A number of other countries are currently studying documents and digging through archives to find out all the circumstances.
“The Russian Federation says that it does not pay attention to this, but unofficially, we know that they are concerned with this topic very much. In fact, we started the process of delegitimizing Russia’s presence in the UN Security Council. We are now preparing for the next steps on this path. They will include further official statements and a broad public advocacy campaign,” he concluded.
The top diplomat said that Ukraine would officially raise the issue of Russia’s expulsion from the UN Security Council.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry earlier explained that after the collapse of the USSR in 1991, this issue was not settled in terms of international law, which the Russian Federation still takes advantage of.
They also noted that Russia not only violates the UN Charter and blocks the adoption of resolutions, but also incites military conflicts around the world and engages in nuclear blackmail.