Russia’s risible routine at the UN can’t hide the fact that Putin’s cronies have nowhere left to run
||By Dominic Nicholls
ASSOCIATE EDITOR, DEFENCE
Diplomats are normally considered to be persons of sober, unflappable and serious dispositions. They could, perhaps, be described by the less charitable as being a little boring.
They are not known for great displays of humour.
However, Russia’s assumption of the presidency of the UN Security Council on April 1 was described by a number of diplomats as “an April Fool’s joke”.
By comedy standards, it’s no barnstormer. But it does reveal the disquiet, bordering on anger and disbelief, running through much, but by no means all, of the international community at the bizarre sight of Russia holding one of the most powerful positions in the world after the disgusting spectacle we have witnessed in Ukraine.
Moscow continued the run of comedy on Tuesday when Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, chaired a meeting in the UN, titled ‘Maintenance of international peace and security’.
Ahead of the meeting, Mr Lavrov said the UN system was “enduring a profound crisis”, and accused Western countries, particularly the US, of being responsible.
“It’s not all about Ukraine,” he said, hoping to somehow blame the war in that country on the actions of the US and other Western nations.
Mr Lavrov continued: “It’s about how international relations will continue to be shaped through the establishment of a sound consensus on the basis of balance of interests or through aggressive and volatile advancement of Washington’s hegemony”.
His words were roundly dismissed in the UN Security Council chamber with diplomats, including Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a “violation” of international law and the UN charter. (It’s not the strongest condemnation from the man in charge, but at least it’s a start Mr Guterres; more please.)
None of Mr Lavrov’s words made much sense, of course, but then that’s not the point.
He was basking in the moment, enjoying the privilege of being able to speak at the world’s highest security body. After all, since violating international law and murdering thousands of people for the warped dream of an empire that only lasted seventy years when they last tried it, Russia has been excluded from many international fora.
So Lavrov was attempting to use the moment to mark a sense of normality, to say to the world: ‘Russia is not going anywhere, we have, and will continue to hold, a seat at the top table, you cannot exclude us’.
He wants us to think there is no point in objecting to Russia’s actions; that any protest on our part is meaningless. We would be better to accept the inevitable, he is saying, and start to come to terms with the idea we will have to live alongside Russia after Nato’s mad adventure in Ukraine is defeated. Indeed, it would be better to admit our error now, he wishes us to think, and beg for Putin’s munificence before we anger him more.
Not me. I will continue to point and laugh at this ridiculous man who can only say the things he does with a straight face because his soul has long ago been sold to Putin’s dark vision. He has neither the energy nor inclination to turn back now. He, like so many others in the system of foetid corruption Putin has created, has nowhere to run.
We should continue to remind him, and all the other cronies, of that fact.
This is really farcical and shows how the current UN is in many respects not ‘fit for purpose’, perhaps rather than allow Russia to have the presidency of the UN Security Council the council should be disbanded and then reconstructed without Russia, perhaps not even allowing Russia to be a member of the UN.
For Russia has shown their complete contempt for the UN and all that it does, whatever that is. For many just ignore the UN, well the UK has on a number of occasions as do many other countries.
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