MFA of Ukraine questions legitimacy of the Russian Federation’s presence in the UN

In a statement published on Monday, MFA of Ukraine has made many convincing arguments about the Russian Federation has never gone through the legal procedure to be admitted to membership and therefore illegally occupies the seat of the USSR in the UN Security Council.

The right of the Russian Federation to join the UN in general is also doubtful, as it failed to meet the main criteria for membership in the Organization. Paragraph 1 of Article 4 of the Charter clearly states that membership in the UN is open to all peace-loving states.

The actions of the Russian Federation are contrary to the concept of a “peace-loving” state. Three decades of its illegal presence in the UN have been marked by wars and seizure of other countries’ territories, forceful change of internationally recognized borders, and attempts to satisfy its invasive and neo-imperial ambitions.

Ukraine is currently suffering from a full-scale invasion by the Russian Federation. This was preceded by 8 years of armed aggression against our state.

The war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine is a violation of the goals and principles of the UN Charter unprecedented since its signing in 1945 and deprives Russia of the right to be called a peace-loving state.

The geography of the Russian Federation’s crimes against international peace and security goes far beyond the borders of Ukraine.

It is also about the continuation of the USSR’s policy of illegal occupation of Japan’s Northern Islands, as well as fueling instability on the territory of the former USSR – Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh, manipulations on the issue of alleged discrimination of Russian-speaking populations in countries of the Baltic and Black Sea region, attempted coup d’état in Montenegro etc.

We should not forget the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, the occupation of its territories and the crime of genocide of the Chechen people, as well as the support of the criminal regime of Bashar Assad and numerous crimes against the Syrian people.

The Russian Federation has been fomenting conflicts in Africa for decades. Its actions keep destabilizing Burkina Faso, Libya, Mali, and the Central African Republic.

The root causes of all these crimes lie not only in the policy of the Russian Federation to incite conflicts, but also in its systematic blocking of decisions necessary for their resolution.

Since 1991, the Russian Federation has used its veto in the UN Security Council 31 times, almost twice as many as any other permanent member of the Security Council.

Clear examples of this abuse of the veto power were the blocking of a resolution to establish a tribunal to investigate the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17; recognition of mass killings in Srebrenica as genocide and a prerequisite for national reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina; response to the political and humanitarian situation in Venezuela; extension of the mandate of the UN observation mission in Georgia at a critical moment for the country; strengthening of the sanctions regime against the DPRK, as well as 16 resolutions on Syria.

At the current stage of aggression, the Russian Federation, convinced of its impunity, turned to blackmailing the international community by threatening to use nuclear weapons.

It is only a matter of time when the actions of the Russian Federation will destroy the entire UN system – a single and unique global intergovernmental institution that unites all the countries of the world at the negotiating table.

Ukraine calls on the member states of the UN to deprive the Russian Federation of its status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and to exclude it from the UN as a whole.

Ukraine initiates a complex process aimed at achieving the goals of this statement, and in this context is ready to cooperate with other countries to jointly protect the UN Charter and international law from the destructive influence of the Russian Federation.

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