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Russia must be stripped of veto right in UN Security Council - FM

"The organization requires urgent reform."

Russia must be stripped of veto right in UN Security Council - FM
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, says that depriving Russia of the right of veto in the UN Security Council needs long and consistent efforts.

Speaking at the conference Kyiv Transatlantic Dialogues on Thursday, Klimkin said that Russia as a permanent member of UN Council is blocking any attempts to reform the organisation.

"A possible solution would be a decision of an international court. This is why we are working with the UN International Court of Justice," Klimkin said as quoted by UNIAN.

"It is certainly a long and complicated process. It cannot be done today or tomorrow, but we need to be consistent. Russia understands it and is very afraid," the minister said

Klimkin stressed that the UN is an indispensable element for maintaining the "international architecture", but the organization requires urgent reform of its entire structure.

"A friend of mine once cracked a very sad joke by saying that it will take a third world war to reform the [UN] Security Council," the foreign minister said.

"We must be honest and fair and realise that we have Russia, an aggressor country, who is a permanent member of the Security Council, basically blocking any attempt to counteract Russian aggression in Ukraine," Kilimkin said.

The foreign minister stressed that Ukraine must use its non-permanent membership in the Security Council to further promote the reform of the United Nations.