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Russia takes over presidency of UN Security Council; ‘bad optics’ for West, propaganda win for Putin: experts

Russia has resumed its top job on the UN Security Council once again by filling out the April presidency. Security officials are concerned about how the Kremlin will use its influence while sitting in rotating seats.

The Presidency rotates monthly among the Council’s 15 member states. Therefore, Russia’s tenure is short.

But officials say Moscow is using its brief position to influence the agenda of the Security Council, to prioritize or deprioritize certain issues, and to present Russians at home as legitimate world leaders. It states that it is possible to

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia at the High-Level Meeting of the Security Council on Ukraine, 24 February 2023. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images)

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“It’s not going to be a happy month,” Jonathan Wachtel told Fox News Digital.

Wachtel has served as an advisor to the US Permanent Representative and the United Nations Delegation on Foreign Policy and Global Communications during the Trump administration.

“Russia took office in February last year. That’s when the invasion of Ukraine began. And now, a year later, we are definitely in the most volatile time of the war,” said Geopolitical Relations.

“Moscow is going to run the Security Council. That’s not good.”

The Kremlin has already Set meeting agenda for April Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will chair the meeting. Foreign Minister Lavrov has repeatedly misrepresented Russia’s war objectives in Ukraine, made accusations of Nazism against the Kiev regime, and promoted dangerous rhetoric about nuclear escalation against the West.

who suggests that when Russia was last in office, it used its position to mislead the world as to its intentions regarding Ukraine, and then tried to justify its invasion by alleging abuses by Kiev in eastern Ukraine There is also

Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kislitsa addresses the Security Council at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on April 5, 2022, as Russia invades Ukraine.

Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kislitsa addresses the Security Council at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on April 5, 2022, as Russia invades Ukraine. (Reuters/Andrew Kelly)

Russian rhetoric did little to convince fellow UN Security Council members and the international community at large after the invasion, but the Kremlin’s use of propaganda has proven successful at home. and appears to have broad support for the deadly war against Kiev.

“Putin will use Russia’s new position to push his propaganda domestically and internationally to advance the narrative that Russia is not only a great power, but a morally elevated one.” , said Rebecca Koffler, a Russian expert and former Defense Intelligence Agency intelligence officer. told Fox News Digital.

Most importantly, however, Koffler pointed out that Russia sitting in the top international seat presents a “bad look” for countries trying to maintain a sense of the international order.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meets with Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia before the Security Council meeting on Ukraine begins at United Nations Headquarters on February 24, 2023.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meets with Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia before the Security Council meeting on Ukraine begins at United Nations Headquarters on February 24, 2023. (Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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“The reality is that Russia’s new position does not change the balance of power in the UN Security Council or the UN as a whole,” Koffler said. , has a country subject to an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court, which runs the world’s best organization whose primary mission is to regulate international relations and uphold international law.

“This development demonstrates a disconnect within the current international system when it comes to justice and mission,” she added.

Given that the Soviet Union, and not Russia, was listed as a permanent member of the UN Security Council when it was established after World War II, Ukraine, along with some Western scholars, believes that Russia is a member of the UN Security Council. I doubt whether I hold a legitimate seat.

Wachtel pointed out that the dissolution of the Soviet Union, coupled with Moscow’s continued power as a permanent member of the Security Council, did not sit well with former Soviet states like Ukraine.

The Security Council will hold a conference on women, peace and security on 7 March 2023 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Security Council will hold a conference on women, peace and security on 7 March 2023 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. (Yuki Iwamura/AFP via Getty Images)

“The Soviet Union was, in reality, a country run by a central authority in Moscow, with a collection of 15 republics from the Baltic States through Central Asia to the Caucasus,” he explained. Conversion of the Soviet Union to the Russian Federation is a problem for the other 15 independent states that separated from the Soviet Union.

“This is a legitimate question, and Moscow no longer represents it, so these independent countries have every right to ask. [bloc]. ” he added.

In August 1950, Russian diplomat and Security Council President Jacob Malik hosts a United Nations conference.

In August 1950, Russian diplomat and Security Council President Jacob Malik hosts a United Nations conference. (Gunther/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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A similar argument is being made against China, as the Republic of China (ROC), the current Taiwan-based government, is listed as a permanent member, rather than the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Early 1970’s.

“This has been the status quo for decades, and if we seek to abolish the participation of Beijing and Moscow in the Governing Council, given their geopolitical prowess and historical heritage, we cannot understand the world order and make progress. It’s going to be very difficult to try,” Wachtel said. “Americans and Western liberal democracies would like to see representatives of the world that are beneficial to humanity and help limit the power of dictatorships, but that is not realistic.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks via videoconference at his official residence in Novo-Ogaryovo region, outside Moscow, Russia, January 30.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks via videoconference at his official residence in Novo-Ogaryovo region, outside Moscow, Russia, January 30. (Mikhail Klimentieff, Sputnik, Kremlin pool photo via AP)

There is no procedure to remove a permanent member from the Security Council, as the original members were intended to remain in perpetuity.

A country can withdraw from the UN by voting, but Russia’s veto power as a permanent member of the Security Council renders this route useless.

Russia’s UN delegation did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Estonia, which is not currently on the UN Security Council but faces a growing threat from Russian aggression, condemned Friday’s move, calling it a “disgrace to the UN’s credibility and effective functioning.” It’s humiliating and dangerous,” he said.

Russia will assume the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in April.

Russia will assume the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in April. (Getty Images)

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“You said tomorrow, didn’t you? [April 1] On the anniversary of the Buça massacre, will Russia assume the Presidency of the UN Security Council?” Estonian Ambassador Rein Tamzar said at the Council meeting on Ukraine. The world possesses nuclear weapons and its leaders should not be in a position to lead an organization whose primary purpose is to maintain international peace and security. ”

“It is up to responsible members of this body to counter Russia’s attempts to turn the main arena of international diplomacy into a platform for ridicule and disinformation,” he warned.

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