Russian presidency at the UN: “It is difficult to imagine anything that proves more the complete bankruptcy of such institutions”, denounces Zelensky

“It is difficult to imagine anything that proves (further) the complete bankruptcy of such institutions”, launched in his evening message Mr. Zelensky. “There is no form of terror that Russia has not already exercised,” he continued, calling for “reform of global institutions, including the UN Security Council.”

This “reform which is obviously long overdue is to prevent a terrorist state (…) from destroying the world. Terrorists must lose, must be held responsible for terror and do not preside anywhere”, insisted Volodymyr Zelensky.

His Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba had previously described the Russian presidency as a “slap in the face” given to the “international community”, with Westerners talking about “April Fool’s Day”. These criticisms from Kiev did not prevent Moscow from ensuring that its delegation to the UN this month, to succeed Mozambique, would be well led by the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov.

“Another key event of the Russian presidency will be the high-level open debate of the (Security) Council on ‘Effective multilateralism through the defense of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations’. This meeting will be chaired by the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Thursday. She pointed out that Mr. Lavrov also intended to chair a session of debates on the Middle East on April 25.

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