Russia assumes UN Security Council presidency despite Ukrainian anger

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A Russian vessel  successful  the occupied Ukrainian metropolis  of Mariupol successful  March past  yearImage source, Reuters

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A Russian vessel successful the occupied Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol successful March past year

Russia has taken the presidency of the UN Security Council contempt Ukraine urging members to artifact the move.

Each of the council's 15 members takes up the presidency for a month, connected a rotating pattern.

The past clip Russia had the presidency, February 2022, it launched a full-scale penetration of Ukraine.

It means the Security Council is being led by a state whose president is taxable to an planetary apprehension warrant for alleged warfare crimes.

The International Criminal Court - which is not a UN instauration - issued the warrant for Vladimir Putin past month.

Despite Ukraine's complaints, the United States said it could not artifact Russia - a imperishable assembly subordinate - from assuming the presidency.

The different imperishable members of the assembly are the UK, US, France, and China.

The relation is mostly procedural, but Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia, told the Russian Tass quality bureau that helium planned to oversee respective debates, including 1 connected arms control.

He said helium would sermon a "new satellite order" that, helium said, was coming to "replace the unipolar one".

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called Russia's presidency "the worst gag ever for April Fool's Day" and a "stark reminder that thing is incorrect with the mode planetary information architecture is functioning".

Ukraine's statesmanlike adviser, Mykhaylo Podolyak, said the determination was "another rape of planetary law... an entity that wages an assertive war, violates the norms of humanitarian and transgression law, destroys the UN Charter, neglects atomic safety, can't caput the world's cardinal information body".

President Volodymyr Zelensky called past twelvemonth for the Security Council to betterment oregon "dissolve altogether", accusing it of failing to instrumentality capable enactment to forestall Russia's invasion.

He has besides called for Russia to beryllium removed of its subordinate status.

But the US has said its hands were tied arsenic the UN charter does not let for the removal of a imperishable member.

"Unfortunately, Russia is simply a imperishable subordinate of the Security Council and nary feasible planetary ineligible pathway exists to alteration that reality," White House property caput Karine Jean-Pierre told a quality briefing this week.

She added the US expects Moscow "to proceed to usage its spot connected the assembly to dispersed disinformation" and warrant its actions successful Ukraine.

The UN Security Council is an planetary assemblage liable for maintaining peace.

Five nations are permanently represented connected the Security Council. They bespeak the post-war powerfulness operation that held sway erstwhile the assembly was formed.

Members of this radical enactment alongside 10 non-permanent subordinate countries.

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