UN: Russia is a member of the UN and what is Article 51 of the UN Charter?

At the meeting, Ukraine’s representative to the UN, Serhiy Kislitsa, actually called for Russia to be excluded from the meeting and from the UN.

“Three minutes ago your president declared war on my country,” Kislitsa told his Russian counterpart.

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Serhiy Kyslytsya walks to his seat during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Ukraine in New York on February 23. Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP.

“There is no purgatory for war criminals, Mr. Ambassador, they go to hell,” he continued later.

Here’s how the UN has reacted so far and whether Russia can use the UN charter as an excuse to invade.



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Is Russia a member of the UN?

Serhiy Kislitsa speaks at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the threat of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Photo: David Di Delgado/Getty Images.

The Russian Federation, representing Russia, is a member of the United Nations, having gained permanent member status after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The Soviet Union was a founding member of the UN back in 1945.

How did the UN react to the Russian-Ukrainian war?

The UN was holding an emergency meeting of the Security Council when President Vladimir Putin ordered a “special military operation” that launched Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

At the same time as the meeting is underway, Russian President Vladimir Putin went on television in Russia to announce a military operation allegedly meant to protect civilians in Ukraine from a Nazi uprising, a claim many consider to be incorrect.

During the council’s meeting, Ukrainian Ambassador Serhiy Kyslitsa said the council had warned them that it was now “too late” for diplomacy.

“It is too late, dear colleagues, to talk about de-escalation. I urge each of you to do everything possible to stop the war.”

“President Putin, in the name of humanity, return your troops to Russia,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said after an emergency Security Council meeting on Ukraine.

He later called the invasion “the saddest moment of my career”.

What is Article 51 of the UN Charter?

In an effort to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s UN ambassador and current Security Council chairman Vasyl Nebenzya told Council colleagues that “special operations” were being carried out.

He went to assert that this action was not equated with a war and was a consequence of the actions of Ukraine.

“The purpose of the operation is to protect people who have been suffering from the ‘genocide of the Ukrainian regime’ for eight years,” Nebenzya said, saying that the action was justified by Article 51 of the UN Charter.

This article allows for individual or collective self-defence in the face of an armed attack against a UN Member State.

“Nothing in this Charter shall prejudice the inalienable right of individual or collective self-defence in the event of an armed attack against a Member of the United Nations until such time as the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to maintain international peace and security,” it says.

“Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately brought to the attention of the Security Council and shall in no way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under this Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security”.

According to state media, Putin demanded that Ukrainian troops lay down their arms and reiterated his position that Ukraine’s NATO membership was unacceptable to Moscow.

However, other countries around the world have refuted claims that the invasion was legitimate, with German Ambassador to the UN Antje Lenderze calling it a “shameless violation of international law” and British Dame Barbara Woodward describing the attack as “unprovoked, unjust”. “and” a rainy day for Ukraine.

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