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Ukraine calls to remove Russia from the UN and the UN Security Council

The Russian Federation’s presence in the UN is illegitimate. Firs of all, it has never gone through the legal procedure to be admitted to membership. But also, Russia violates the very founding principles of the organization.

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On December 26, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine issues a statement calling on the member states of the United Nations to resume the application of the UN Charter in the context of the legitimacy of the Russian Federation’s presence in 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.

In 1991, Russia took over the seat of the USSR bypassing the legal procedure to be admitted to membership. The current UN Charter does not contain the words “Russian Federation”, and, in particular, it is not mentioned in Article 23, which lists the permanent members of the UN Security Council.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine also point out that Russia is hardly a peace-loving state, which is the main criteria for membership in the UN. Ukraine is now forced to defend itself from the brutal Russian invasion. And that is not the first time Russia is trying to occupy parts of the neighboring countries, rewrite internationally recognized border, which goes against the core UN principles.

The Russian Federation refuses to comply with the binding order of the UN International Court of Justice and the resolution of the UN General Assembly, namely the resolution “Aggression against Ukraine” from March 2, 2022. It called on Russia to stop armed aggression against Ukraine, to de-occupy all Ukrainian territories, to immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

Serhii Kyslytsia, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, reading a book called “What’s Wrong with Diplomacy” during the speech of representative from Russia.
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Russia does not only commit crimes against international peace and security and incite conflicts in different parts of the world ‒ it is also systematically blocking decisions, that are necessary for resolving them. 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.

“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,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine states.