UNSC to be better off without Russia - Kuleba

UNSC to be better off without Russia - Kuleba

Russia has illegally usurped the USSR’s seat in the United Nations Security Council.

That’s according to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who commented on a video he posted on Twitter to highlight the issue.

“In December 1991, Russia illegally usurped the USSR's seat in the United Nations Security Council. No legal procedures defined by the UN Charter were upheld. This gave Moscow a feeling of absolute impunity which led to numerous crimes. The UNSC will be better off without Russia,” reads Kuleba’s tweet.

The minister recalled that the UNSC was established in October 1945 “in the shadow of the horror of the Second World War” with an explicit goal to prevent future wars and maintain international peace and security.

Among the five permanent members was the Soviet Union, which ceased to exist in 1991, Kuleba notes.

Since Russia usurped the UNSC seat with no legal procedure followed, the “consequences of this fraud have been dire.”

“Russia has repeatedly invaded its neighbors. Russia has used chemical weapons on the territory of a permanent UN Security Council member. Russia is currently carrying out genocide of Ukrainians,” the report reads.

It is concluded that Russia’s presence at the UNSC “is undermining the ‘maintenance of international peace and security,’” which is not what the founding members of the UN envisaged in 1945.”

“The world has changed dramatically since then,” the report stresses. “Shouldn’t the UN?”

Photo: MFA Ukraine

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