Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an article in the Kommersant newspaper suggested reforming the United Nations to avoid “overrepresentation of the West” in decision-making.
|Russia believes that the United Nations is giving the West too much power. Photo: RT|
Accordingly, Lavrov said that “overrepresentation of the West” in decision-making should be limited to create a more balanced world order. According to the initiative of the Russian Foreign Minister, countries in the East and South need to be more involved in this global organization.
The Security Council, which consists of 15 countries, includes five permanent members: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, he said. There is no permanent representative from Africa, South Asia or South America.
The remaining 10 countries are taken over by countries on a rotating basis, with three invited members from Africa, two from Asia-Pacific, one from Eastern Europe, two from Latin America and the Caribbean, and two from Western Europe.
According to Lavrov, this current setting is beneficial to Western countries. Therefore, a reform of the United Nations is needed.
“Efforts to bring more democracy to international relations and affirm a multilateral world order will include reforming the United Nations Security Council by involving more countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America, and at the same time put an end to the unusual situation with the over-representation of the West in the main body of the United Nations,” Lavrov wrote.
Existing tools allow the West to “set the law” and criticize any country that breaks the unwritten rules of the so-called “rules-based world order”, he claimed.
The Secretary of State also noted that the new US administration, led by President Joe Biden, has restored the ‘old world order’ of the G7 and NATO.
Foreign Minister Lavrov also expressed the view that Russia is presenting a unified agenda in international affairs and Moscow is ready for fair dialogue with any country seeking a balance of interests.
“We will persistently promote the emergence of a culture of international relations based on the supreme values of justice and enabling [của] all nations, large and small, thrive in peace and freedom,” he wrote.