17:53 01 Apr 2023

Ukraine's FM calls on UN Security Council to prevent russia from abusing its presidency

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Photo: RBC Ukraine

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) members to prevent russia from abusing its UNSC presidency.

russia's presence in UNSC is a "slap in the face," the foreign minister says on Twitter.

"russian UNSC presidency is a slap in the face to the international community. I urge the current UNSC members to thwart any russian attempts to abuse its presidency. I also remind that russia is an outlaw on the UNSC." the minister said.

Latvian Foreign Minister tweeted that russia assuming the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council despite its war against Ukraine was "both immoral and deplorable." He stated, however, this will not stop Ukraine's allies from "working to hold war criminals in moscow accountable."

The chairmanship of the UN Security Council alternates between its members every month. Official Washington believes russia has no place in the UN Security Council, but currently, there is no legal way to deprive the aggressor of permanent membership in an important UN body.

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