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Russia assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council on Saturday. Ukraine called it “shame” to see Moscow presiding over the UN’s supreme body. Each of the 15 countries that make up the council assumes the presidency for one month according to a rotation pattern.
Russia has assumed this Saturday the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council. The last time she presided over it was in February 2022.
Ukraine described as “shame” the prospect of seeing Moscow preside over the United Nations Security Council for a month, under the rotating presidency regime. This means that right now the Security Council is run by a country whose president is subject to an international arrest warrant for alleged war crimes. The International Criminal Courtan institution that is not part of the UN system, issued one orarrest warrant against Vladimir Putin last month.
“It’s not just a shame. It’s another symbolic blow to the rules-based system of international relations,” Ukrainian presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak wrote on Twitter.
“The Russian presidency of the United Nations Security Council is a slap in the face to the international community”, criticized the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kouleba. The latter also called on “current members” of the UN executive body “to thwart any Russian attempt to abuse his presidency.”
The last time that Moscow presided over the supreme body of the UN dates back to February 2022, when Russian troops invaded Ukraine. The Kremlin said on Friday that it intended to “exercise all its rights” at the head of the Fifteen (referring to the fifteen members of the Security Council). Each of the 15 countries that make up the council assumes the presidency for one month according to a rotation pattern.