Ukraine wants Russia barred from UN as Putin says he would negotiate

Ukraine calls for Russia’s expulsion from the UN hours after Vladimir Putin said he was open to negotiations with “acceptable solutions”.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry published a letter on Monday calling for Russia to be removed from the UN and its permanent member status in the UN Security Council amid questions about Russia’s legitimacy after the fall of the Soviet Union in December 1991 that “remained unresolved Question of the international rights and obligations of the USSR.”

The Russian Federation has taken over the seat of a permanent member of the UN Security Council by circumventing the procedures set out in the UN Charter, Ukraine claims, noting that the current charter does not contain the words “Russian Federation”.

“The Russian Federation has never gone through the legal process to be admitted to membership and therefore illegally occupies the USSR seat on the UN Security Council,” the letter reads. “From a legal and political point of view, there can only be one conclusion: Russia is a usurper of the Soviet Union’s seat on the UN Security Council.”

Officials also pointed to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine prior to the February 24 invasion, citing “eight years of armed aggression” that included the annexation of Crimea and ultimately led to the current bloody conflict that has been going on for over 10 months.

Further September annexations in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk and Kherson regions, which Ukraine and Western allies believe were carried out through sham referendums, were branded as “violating Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence”. .

“The actions of the Russian Federation contradict the concept of a ‘peace-loving’ state,” the letter continues. “Three decades of his illegal presence at the UN were marked by wars and seizures of other countries’ territories, the violent alteration of internationally recognized borders, and attempts to gratify his invasive and neo-imperial ambitions.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) delivers a speech during the informal summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States December 26 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks to the media as he arrives at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels May 16. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry published a letter on Monday calling for Russia’s expulsion from the United Nations.
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Putin told state TV Rossiya 1 on Christmas Day that Kyiv, not Moscow, is to blame for a lack of commitment to a ceasefire.

“We are ready to negotiate acceptable solutions with all parties involved, but that’s up to them – it’s not us who refuse to negotiate, it’s them,” Putin said.

On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the West that its continued involvement in the war would negatively affect the global economy.

Ultimately, the West will also have to get involved in negotiations, “whether it wants to or not.”

“We will focus on those who have never let us down and with whom we have sometimes reached very difficult compromises,” Lavrov said, according to the Russian news agency TASS. “But when they were achieved, no one ever deceived anyone. In the West, everything is exactly the opposite.”

Russia’s guilt for the lack of negotiations by both Ukraine and the West is part of its history of distraction, said retired US General Mark Hertling.

“The RU officials don’t negotiate even on a small scale… they demand, then they lie, and then they break agreements,” Hertling tweeted Sunday.

news week asked the UN, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Kremlin for their opinion. Ukraine wants Russia barred from UN as Putin says he would negotiate

Rick Schindler

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