Ukraine calls on exclusion of Russia from UN Security Council and United Nations

by Daily Sabah

Ukraine announced an initiative on Monday, calling on the U.N. Security Council to exclude Russia’s permanent membership over its months long invasion.

“Ukraine calls on the member states of the UN 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,” a statement by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry read.

The statement said the issue of the status of Russia’s membership to the U.N. and its permanent membership to the U.N. Security Council remains “unsettled” from “the point of view of international law.”

“The Russian Federation took over the seat of a permanent member of the UN Security Council bypassing the procedures defined by the UN Charter. This happened on the basis of an ordinary letter from the President of the RSFSR (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) Boris Yeltsin, addressed to the UN Secretary General, which was sent on Dec. 24, 31 years ago,” the statement further said.

The statement also referred to Article 4 of the U.N. Charter, which it said stipulates that “the admission of peace-loving states to membership in the U.N. is affected by a decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council, and only in this way.”

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