The three-quarters century-old world panel that was established to ensure safety and peace in the world met Monday in New York under its new leadership. It is the country that has thrown Europe into its most significant land battle since World War II.
Except for the Russian ambassador to United Nations, the oddity was not misplaced on anyone, except perhaps the Russian ambassador who dismissed the growing outcry that Russia does not have any enterprise to preside over the Council.
Vassily Nebenzia, ambassador to Russia, stated Monday that he doesn't abuse the prerogatives as the president. One factor is a national place. The second factor is our love for the Safety Council's presidency.
The first day of the new Safety Council presidency was, indeed, ordinarily enough.
The customary breakfast was hosted by the new chief, and was attended by representatives from all 15 member countries. It was confirmed by Mr. Nebenzia that all 15 member nations are able to attend.
A session of administrative of the Council was also held, but the topic of conflict did not emerge. There was also a day meeting with all U.N. member countries at which Russia presented its plans for the month. These conferences were a reflection of Russia's new duties, which are mainly ceremonial. However, the job does come with a pulpit and some Western officers fear that.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield (ambassador of the United States to the United Nations), informed reporters Monday that she expects them to behave professionally. "But we also anticipate that they will use their seat to spread disinformation and promote their own agendas as it pertains to Ukraine. Ms. Thomas Greenfield said that there was more to the Council's work than Ukraine and that the members had to cooperate on many global issues.
Stephane Dujarric was a spokesperson for U.N. He said that the message from Secretary Basic Antonio Guterres to Russia was the same he sent each month to the presidency.
Russia stated that it would benefit from the U.N.'s position regardless of conflict. Its international minister Sergey V. Lavrov will travel to New York at the end of April to preside at two conferences of Council members.
The presidency's powers were nevertheless restricted. For many, however, the symbolism was not sufficient. The Worldwide Prison Courtroom issued an arrest warrant last month for Vladimir V. Putin, Russia's president. It accused him of crimes against humanity in Ukraine, where Russian forces frequently target civilian areas.
Volodymyr Zelensky (the president of Ukraine) denounced Russia's passing of the Safety Council presidency, calling it 'absurd' and 'harmful'. The U.S. officials also lamented the passing of the Safety Council presidency to Russia, but said there was nothing to execute. It's Russia's turn to take over the month-long presidency.
This is not the first time the Safety Council meets under the shadow of conflict.
The group's first assembly was held in London, Jan. 17, 1946, among the wreckage of World Warfare II. The interim chairman declared, "Gents." "I declare the Safety Council duly formed in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution."
Russia, then the Soviet Union, was one of five veto-holding members of the Council at that time. It remains one today. This veto energy has made it easier for the body to work on the conflict in Ukraine.
The Council is responsible for ensuring peace and safety around the globe. Its resolutions are legally binding. Russia's power to block any opposition motion has prevented it from making unanimous statements and moving resolutions regarding the conflict.
The selections and votes of the presiding country are not affected by their presence. However, they can help plan and organize main conferences and deal with administrative tasks. The presiding member hosts many conferences on international issues, including the local weather and peacekeeping in Africa.
Analysts believe Russia's presidency will require a difficult balancing act between the U.S. government and European Council members. They want to maintain their strong opposition to Moscow but on the other hand they want to make sure the Council's work is not disrupted.
Richard Gowan, U.N. director for the Worldwide Disaster Group, a corporation which seeks to end lethal conflicts, stated that 'The U.S., Europeans, and Grit their Enamel and Put up with Russia’s Presidency,' "The Russians have indicated that they want to avoid an immense mess over the presidency.
Even though there were no fireworks Monday night, things could change on Wednesday.
As Russia holds a informal Council meeting on the Ukrainian children it forcibly took across the border, the conflict of narratives about Ukraine could flare up. Russia claims that it has taken action to protect the children. It has been declared a conflict crime by the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice
On Monday, Mr. Nebenzia stated that the assembly's objective was to 'dispel some doubts and propaganda over this situation'.
The export of weapons, army gear and other military equipment will be the subject of a second session. According to Mr. Nebenzia, the main target will not be on any specific nation. However, the Kremlin has repeatedly denounced the outpouring support for Ukraine from Western allies since the conflict began.
Russian foreign minister Lavrov plans to also preside at a meeting on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on April 25.
And Mr. Lavrov is an unflinching defender Russia's conflict with Ukraine and plans to lead another session on another topic: sustaining safety and peace by multilateralism, the U.N. constitution and sovereignty, and respect, as Mr. Nebenzia mentioned.
This provoked a sharp retort by James Kariuki, Britain's deputy ambassador at the United Nations.
He stated that Russia is not allowed to speak about global legislation or the U.N.'s values.