Russia's presidency of UN Security Council 'a bad joke': Kyiv

AFP , Thursday 30 Mar 2023

Ukraine on Thursday said Russia's upcoming presidency of the United Nations Security Council this week was "a bad joke".

A boy sits on a climbing frame in a playground in front of missile-damaged buildings ahead of a visit by Ukraine s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Monday, March 27, 2023. (AP )


"Russian UN Security Council presidency on April 1 is a bad joke. Russia has usurped its seat; it's waging a colonial war; its leader is a war criminal wanted by the ICC for kidnapping children," Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

"The world can't be a safe place with Russia at UNSC," he added.

The presidency rotates every month between the 15 member states.

Russia would hold little influence on the decisions but be in charge of setting the agenda.

Ukraine has called for Russia to be removed from Security Council over its invasion launched in February last year.

Russia last chaired the council in February 2022 when the Kremlin ordered troops to Ukraine.

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