Russia assumes UNSC presidency
Russia assumes UNSC presidency

Russia has taken the presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for a month, on a rotating pattern.

According to the BBC, it means the Security Council is being led by a country whose president is subject to an international arrest warrant for alleged war crimes.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called Russia’s presidency “the worst joke ever for April Fool’s Day” and a “stark reminder that something is wrong with the way international security architecture is functioning”.

Ukraine’s presidential adviser, Mykhaylo Podolyak, said the move was “another rape of international law… an entity that wages an aggressive war, violates the norms of humanitarian and criminal law, destroys the UN Charter, neglects nuclear safety, can’t head the world’s key security body”.

Last year President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded Russia to be stripped off the UN member status, but the US has said its hands were tied as the UN charter does not allow for the removal of a permanent member.