Fumio Kishida calls for reform of the UN system after the failure of the Security Council to respond to the Russian attack.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed disappointment at the United Nations Security Council’s failure to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and called for reforms that would allow the United Nations to safeguard international peace and order. better demand.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an act of trampling on the philosophy and principles of the UN charter… This should never be tolerated,” Kishida told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at its regular meeting. years in New York City, call for reform of a system that allows five countries, including Russia, to veto in the Security Council.
“We have to face the reality that the integrity of the United Nations is being threatened because of Russian aggression by Russia, a member of the UN Security Council,” Kishida said in his address to UNGA. the 77th. Reforms have been discussed for nearly 30 years, he said. “What we need is action towards reform, not just talk.”
Japan has long sought to reform the United Nations Security Council, saying it was designed by the winners of World War II and does not reflect the realities of international society, and since 2004 promoted a reform plan with Germany, India and Brazil. Japan will get a seat as one of the non-permanent members of the Security Council starting in January.
Kishida, who hails from Hiroshima, the first city ever to suffer an atomic bomb, also expressed disappointment at the failure of negotiators last month to reach an agreement on the Non-Proliferation Treaty. UN nuclear weapons transformation – considered the foundation of nuclear disarmament – after Moscow blocks final manuscript.
He also condemned Russia’s nuclear weapons threat.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th Februaryand Russian President Vladimir Putin hid the possibility of a nuclear attack shortly thereafter.
Last month, a Russian diplomat told the United Nations that the conflict in Ukraine did not warrant the use of nuclear weapons by Russia, but Moscow could decide to use nuclear weapons. nuclear arsenal in response to the “direct aggression” of NATO countries about the invasion.
“The threat of nuclear weapons, like what Russia did this time, let alone their use, are serious threats to the peace and safety of the international community,” Kishida said. economic, and never acceptable”.
On Tuesday, Moscow-appointed officials in the occupied regions of eastern Ukraine announced plans to organize referendum on whether to join Russia or not.
Dmitry Medvedev, a former Russian president who is now a deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said the votes would give the Kremlin more options to defend what he said would become Russian territory.
“Encroaching on Russian territory is a crime that allows you to use all your self-defense forces,” Medvedev said in a Telegram post.
Russia’s nuclear doctrine permits the use of these weapons if weapons of mass destruction are used against it or if the Russian state faces an existential threat from conventional weapons.