UN Security Council to hold next meeting on Ukraine on May 5

On May 5, the United Nations Security Council will hold a new meeting on Ukraine, follows from the program of work published on the UN website.

The United States chairs the Security Council in May.

In early March, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded that Russia be expelled from the UN Security Council because of its “war crimes.” But members of the Security Council, in particular the United Kingdom and the United States, noted that this was impossible.

The White House said they “didn't see such a possibility,” London's UN representative Barbara Woodward pointed out that there were “no grounds” for this. Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya explained that the exclusion of the country from the UN Security Council is not provided for by the charter of the organization.

In early April, Zelensky again called for Russia's exclusion from the Security Council. If this is not possible, then, as an alternative, the Ukrainian president suggested that the Security Council be “reformatted”; or “self-dissolve”.

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Russia decided to withdraw from the council ahead of schedule. The country's permanent representative to the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, said that “the modern HRC is monopolized by one group of states, which does not hesitate to use it for its own opportunistic purposes.”

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