Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has backed India’s bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
Mr. Lavrov stated during his address to the 77th United Nations General Assembly that including countries from Africa, Asia, and Latin America on the Security Council will make it more democratic.
He stated that India and Brazil, in particular, are important international actors and should be considered for permanent membership in the UN Security Council.
In his address to the Assembly, Lavrov accused Western countries of throwing a fit over the referendum on joining their federation being held in Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine.
He claimed that the US is attempting to turn the entire world into its “backyard,” punishing dissenters from its worldview with “illegal unilateral sanctions” that violate the UN Charter and harm poor citizens in poorer countries.
Earlier, India and 31 other countries stated in a joint statement on reforms that expanding the Security Council in both permanent and non-permanent categories, as well as reforming its working methods, are essential to making the body more representative, legitimate, and effective.
The signatories to the joint statement stated that adapting the United Nations to modern world realities necessitates urgent and comprehensive reform of the Security Council, the primary organ for international peace and security.