On Monday, Ukraine issued an official statement announcing an initiative to deprive Russia of its status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and to exclude it from the United Nations.
Ukraine’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Ukraine calls on UN member states to “strip the Russian Federation from its status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and to completely exclude it from the UN”.
Kyiv attributed its initiative to the fact that Russia’s presence in the Security Council and the United Nations is “illegal”.
In the context, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry accused Russia of committing “gross violations of the rules and principles of international law.”
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The statement also stressed that Russia failed to meet the main criteria for membership in the United Nations, citing the first paragraph of Article 4 of the UN Charter stating that membership in the UN is “open to all peace-loving nations.”
The statement continued, “Russia’s actions contradict the concept of a peace-loving state,” noting that Russia, during its time in the United Nations and the Security Council, “carried out wars and seized the lands of other countries, in attempts to meet its invasive and neo-imperialist ambitions.”
In the context, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry noted that Russia can be re-admitted to the United Nations once “the conditions for membership in the organization are met.”
On December 20, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Kyiv is preparing to take formal steps to prove that Russia’s presence in the UN Security Council is “illegal” and strip it of its membership.
On December 14, two US deputies submitted a resolution to remove Russia from the United Nations Security Council, under the pretext that Russia’s membership is a “violation of the principles of the United Nations.”