Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says it’s absurd Russia has assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Safety Council, including this confirmed the establishment’s “whole chapter”.
On Saturday, Russia took over the presidency of the UN’s prime safety physique, which rotates each month. The final time Moscow held the submit was in February 2022, when its troops launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
“Sadly, we … have some clearly absurd and harmful information,” Zelenskiy stated in a night video handle, including that Russian shelling had killed a five-month-old boy on Friday.
“And on the similar time Russia is chairing the UN Safety Council. It is laborious to think about something that proves extra the full chapter of such establishments,” he stated.
The Kremlin stated on Friday it deliberate to “train all its rights” within the position.
The USA on Thursday urged Russia to “conduct itself professionally” when it assumes the position, saying there was no means to dam Moscow from the submit.
Zelenskiy stated it was time for a basic overhaul of world establishments, together with the Safety Council.
“Reform is clearly mandatory to stop a terrorist state – and every other state that wishes to be a terrorist – from destroying the peace,” he stated.
Earlier, Zelenskiy adviser Andriy Yermak additionally hit out at Iran, which Kyiv and its allies accuse of supplying Russia with arms. Tehran denies it’s giving weapons to Russia.
“It is vitally telling that on the vacation of 1 terror state – Iran – one other terror state – Russia – begins to preside over the UN Safety Council,” Yermak wrote on Twitter, referring to Iran’s Islamic Republic Day vacation.
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