Excluding Russia from UNSC only possible if UN disbanded: Diplomat
The Russian diplomat says that the Ukrainian President's calls to exclude Russia from the UNSC "do not stand up to scrutiny."
Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky considered that excluding Russia from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is only possible if the organization is disbanded.
Commenting on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s calls to exclude Russia from the UNSC, Polyansky stressed that those remarks "do not stand up to scrutiny."
"Naturally, all normal people realize that this scenario will be possible only if the UN is disbanded and created anew," the Russian diplomat told the Soloviev Live TV channel.
He said that Kiev’s aim was to "stir up" UNSC member states that are growing increasingly tired of the Ukraine war.
Polyansky considered that "both Zelensky and Ukraine’s envoy to the UN are wasting their breath, claiming from time to time that we have no right to this [UN Security Council] seat, that we retained it unlawfully after the breakup of the Soviet Union."
"This is total nonsense, we have explained it, and even UN officials have provided due clarifications," he added.
Earlier, Polyansky pointed out that Zelensky's Tuesday remote speech before the UNSC without prior consultations with other council members violates the existing practices.
During his speech, Zelensky called on the UN to designate Russia as a "terrorist state" and exclude it from the UNSC.