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Zelenskiy says Russian UN Security Council presidency is absurd


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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits positions of Ukrainian Border Guards close to the border with Russia, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, in Sumy area, Ukraine March 28, 2023.—Reuters

KYIV: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Saturday mentioned it was absurd Russia had assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Safety Council, including this confirmed the establishment’s “whole chapter”.

On Saturday Russia took over the presidency of the U.N.’s prime safety physique, which rotates each month. The final time Moscow held the submit was in February 2022, when its troops launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

“Sadly, we … have some absurd and harmful information,” Zelenskiy mentioned in a night video deal with, including that Russian shelling had killed a five-month-old boy on Friday.

“And on the identical time, Russia is chairing the U.N. Safety Council. It is arduous to think about something that proves extra the full chapter of such establishments,” he mentioned.

The Kremlin mentioned on Friday it deliberate to “train all its rights” within the function.

The USA on Thursday urged Russia to “conduct itself professionally” when it assumes the function, saying there have been no means to dam Moscow from the submit.

Zelenskiy mentioned it was time for a common overhaul of worldwide establishments, together with the Safety Council.

“Reform is critical to stop a terrorist state – and every other state that desires to be a terrorist – from destroying the peace,” he mentioned.

Earlier, Zelenskiy advisor Andriy Yermak additionally hit out at Iran, which Kyiv and its allies accuse of supplying Russia with arms. Tehran denies it’s giving weapons to Russia.

“It is extremely telling that on the vacation of 1 terror state – Iran – one other terror state – Russia – begins to preside over the U.N. Safety Council,” Yermak wrote on Twitter, referring to Iran’s Islamic Republic Day vacation.

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