New York, 1 April 2023 (TDI): Russia has assumed the rotational Presidency of the United Nations Security Council for April 2023, succeeding Mozambique.

As the Council’s President, Russia will bear significant responsibility for advancing the Council’s work and promoting international peace and security.

The world is sorrowing numerous challenges, including the post-COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, terrorism, and conflicts in various regions. Russia will focus on several key areas to address these challenges during its presidency.

These include strengthening international cooperation to address the humanitarian situation in conflict zones and promoting a peaceful resolution.

Additionally, Russia will facilitate the accomplishment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will assist initiatives to address the fundamental causes of violent extremism and terrorism.

It is crucial to note that the last time Russia held the position in February 2022, Putin launched his “special military operation” into Ukraine, violating international law.

However, the Council members take turns as president according to alphabetical order, and no one can prevent Russia’s Presidency.

Nonetheless, Russia remains committed to ensuring that the Security Council operates transparently and inclusively and encourages the participation of all member states.

Regarding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Moscow has scheduled an informal council meeting on the issue of Ukrainian children abducted and forcibly deported to Russia early in the month.

On 10 April, it also scheduled a meeting on Western arms transfers to Ukraine. These meetings show Russia’s willingness to dialogue with other Council members to resolve the conflict peacefully.

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As the Security Council’s rotating presidency, Russia is tasked with promoting peaceful dispute resolution and reducing hostilities in hotspots, including Ukraine.

It must recognize that the Security Council’s decisions should be based on the principles of the United Nations Charter, such as respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the peaceful resolution of disputes.

Russia is committed to collaborating with all member nations to accomplish these objectives.

The government has already acknowledged the importance of promoting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in poverty reduction, gender equality, and climate action.