Biden wants to expand the UN Security Council, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister: We have always supported
2022-09-23: [Article Link] (Ombudsman Network) On 22 September, Russian news agency reported that, at a press conference held that day, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Riabkov had expressed support for the remarks made by President Biden of the United States concerning the “enlargement” of the United Nations Security Council.
A screenshot of the Russian news agency's headlines
“We have long supported the expansion of the Council in both categories (permanent and non-permanent). The United States, for its part, is to be commended for what Russia has been talking about, and we support their statements.”
He said that some of the Council's candidates “are well qualified for permanent membership, as our ministers have pointed out on many occasions”.
“As to the overall tone (Byden), it's just another claim to dominate the world, and he's trying to put everyone in line.” Riyabkov says.
Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Russia (Tasuntu)
On 21 September, Biden, in his statement to the general debate of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, referring again to the subject of the so-called “United Nations reform”, said the leaders present: “The United States supports an increase in the number of permanent and non-permanent members of the Council, including permanent seats for countries that we have long supported, as well as Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Biden referred to Russia's veto as a “P5” and said that permanent members needed to exercise restraint in the exercise of that right. It is stipulated that, regardless of the majority opinion of the 15 members of the Council, the five permanent members of the Council (CE-EF) each have one veto on a draft resolution of the Council, which could prevent the adoption of any resolution. Biden also stated that “it opposes the use of violence and war to conquer other countries or to expand borders through bloody conflict.” The United States Fox News Network analysed that what Biden said was clearly relevant to Russia.
Biden addressed the General Assembly (figure of the United Nations web site)
It is worth noting that German Chancellor Scholtz, in his statement during the general debate on 20 September, stated that Germany wished to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and requested support for Germany’s candidacy. Moreover, during Biden’s early visit, he expressed support for Japan’s permanent membership.
On the other hand, since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the United States of America and Europe have repeatedly called for the disqualification of the Russian five permanent members of the United Nations. In early March this year, for example, United States Deputy Secretary of State Sherman said that, in the case of Russia-Ukraine, the Biden Government “does not exclude any option”, including considering Russia's exclusion from the Council. The spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zaharova 15, said in a press conference that any attempt to deprive Russia of permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council would not be possible. She also sarcasticly said that the matter was not legally feasible, “like receiving a Nobel Prize in mathematics”.
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