Ukraine appeals to UNGA to exclude Russia from UN
Ukrainian Parliament is seeking to exclude Russia from the UN via a Rada draft resolution.
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's Parliament, registered a draft resolution that appeals to the UN General Assembly to exclude Russia from the UN.
According to the document on Wednesday, "A draft resolution on appeal of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the UN General Assembly on Russia's exclusion from the United Nations."
The resolution has not yet been published.
The Rada has also submitted a draft resolution requesting that Russia be excluded from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Another proposal calls for Russia to be expelled from the Council of Europe.
Amid escalating tensions with Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told the UN General Assembly, on Wednesday, that there is still time for diplomacy to resolve the crisis between Russia and Ukraine and the UN should take a more proactive role in facilitating such an approach.
During a UN General Assembly meeting on the situation in Ukraine, Kuleba said, “There is still an opportunity for diplomacy to say its word, even as Russia continues its escalation and provocations.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow was ready to seek "diplomatic solutions", but reiterated that the country's interests were non-negotiable.
"Our country is always open for direct and honest dialogue, for the search for diplomatic solutions to the most complex problems," Putin said in a video address to mark the "Defender of Fatherland Day", a public holiday in Russia.