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Kremlin Advocates UNSC Reform for Inclusion of New Powers

Mon 18 Sep 2023 | 11:44 PM
By Ahmad El-Assasy

Amidst the changing geopolitical landscape, the Kremlin has voiced its support for substantial reforms within the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to accommodate nations that have gained significant influence in recent times. In response to U.S. President Joe Biden's upcoming proposal to expand the number of permanent members in the council, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin's spokesperson, emphasized the urgent need to enhance the effectiveness of the UNSC, considering its status as the foremost international body. The proposal will be discussed during the upcoming General Assembly of the United Nations, commencing tomorrow.

Peskov highlighted the necessity for a more inclusive UNSC, stating that recent influential nations should have a greater say in global security and the economy. Currently consisting of 15 member nations, with five permanent members possessing veto power (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China), the UNSC's composition has been a subject of longstanding debate. The remaining ten member states rotate periodically.

The United Nations Security Council plays a crucial role in safeguarding international peace and security. However, the current structure has faced criticism for not adequately representing the 21st-century geopolitical realities. Emerging powers, due to their economic and strategic importance, argue that the existing UNSC framework does not accurately reflect the distribution of global power, leading to calls for an expansion of permanent membership.