Russia assumes this Saturday the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, a responsibility that it will occupy for a month and that is fundamentally formal, but that has angered the Ukrainian government and has generated calls for a boycott.
During April, the Russian delegation will be in charge of managing the work agenda and chairing the meetings of the highest decision-making body of the United Nations, at whose head a Member State is placed each month based on a rotation in alphabetical order.
According to EFE, one of the main benefits of the position is that the Presidency you can organize special sessions on issues you consider particularly important and that often have the presence of members of the Government.
In the Russian case, it is expected that the Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrovtrip to New York to chair at least two of these meetings, one focused on the respect for the United Nations Charter and another on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, according to diplomatic sources.
The official program, which will be approved and presented next Mondayis full in any case of routine meetings on the various conflicts and issues that the Council deals with, regardless of who chairs it.
“A bad taste joke”
For Ukraine, however, seeing Russia at the helm of the most important UN body is “a bad joke,” its foreign minister said this week. Dimitro Kuleba.
“Russia usurped a seat, it is waging a colonial war, its leader is a war criminal wanted by the ICC for kidnapping children,” Kuleba said on Twitter, referring to the Ukrainian position that Moscow illegally inherited the seat. of the Soviet Union and the recent decision of the International Criminal Court against Vladimir Putin.
This Saturday, Kuleba added that it was “a slap in the face to the international community.”
“I urge the current members of the United Nations Security Council to thwart any Russian attempt to abuse their presidency,” Kuleba said on Twitter on the first day of the month that Russia will hold the body’s rotating presidency.
According to the EFE news agency, in a recent opinion article, the Ukrainian ambassador to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsyastressed that the Presidency gives Russia real power, recalled that the last time he held it was when the invasion began and defended that there is legal basis to exclude her from that positionand even to expel it from the Security Council.
This interpretation of the rules, however, clashes with that of most countries, including Western powers, which consider that the rules do not allow such a measure.
For now, the Council countries are not expected to listen to the boycott calls launched by some pro-Ukrainian organizations and, at best, could choose to send lower-ranking diplomats to some of the meetings organized by Russia, according to diplomatic sources.
In general, the rest of the powers consider that the work of the body should not be endangered and downplay the importance to the figure of the Presidency.
“I don’t think we should give it great importance,” said a Western diplomat this week who requested anonymity and who was convinced that Russia will exercise responsibility in a “professional” manner.