Moscow takes over the head of the Security Council, a “slap in the face” says kyiv | War in Ukraine
Russia will chair the Security Council for one month under the rotating presidency rule. (File photo)
Russia took over the presidency of the UN Security Council on Saturday for the entire month of April, " a slap in the face of the international community" for Ukraine and "an April Fool" for Westerners.
The Russian presidency of the United Nations Security Council is a slap in the face of the international community, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba deplored on Twitter.
According to him, the Current members of the UN's executive body must thwart any attempt by Russia to abuse its presidency.
On Thursday, Mr. Kouleba had already called this Russian presidency a bad joke, believing that Russia usurped his seat; it is waging a colonial war; its president is a war criminal wanted by the International Criminal Court for child abduction. #x27;assure that his delegation to the UN this month, to succeed Mozambique, would be led by the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov.
Another key event of the Russian Chairmanship will be the [Security] Council's High-Level Open Debate on ''Effective Multilateralism through Upholding the Principles of the UN Charter'' x27;. The meeting will be chaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, his spokeswoman Maria Zakharova even told reporters on Thursday.
She stressed that Mr. Lavrov also chair a debate session on the Middle East on April 25.
Kiev's diplomatic backers, first and foremost the United States, quickly rose up against such a position.
We expect Russia to continue to use its headquarters to spread misinformation and try to distract from its attempts to justify its actions in Ukraine and the war crimes committed by members of its armed forces. are committing, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre commented on Thursday.
A country that flagrantly violates the UN Charter and invades its neighbor has no place on the Security Council, she said.
The Baltic countries, other important supporters of Kiev and strongly opposed to Moscow, have as told them about April Fool's Saturday.
April Fool's Day is a perfect day for Russia, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has quipped. Russia, waging a brutal war on Ukraine, can only lead the 'Insecurity Council''.
For its part, the Estonian diplomatic mission to the UN has found it shameful and humiliating that the United Nations Security Council is led by Russia, whose President Vladimir Putin is a war criminal with a permanent arrest warrant from the ICC.
At the UN, Russia says for its part to face the collective West, which ;has been ostracized from world nations since the launch of its military offensive in Ukraine in February 2022.
Russia's presidency at the United Nations comes a week after Vladimir Putin announced plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, its only European diplomatic ally, heightening Western fears.