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MOSCOW, October 15 /TASS/. Leonid Slutsky, the head of the Russian State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, said on Thursday that Ukraine’s election to the UN Security Council had not been politicized.
According to him, Ukraine’s election as one of ten non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council is a technical matter, which is not politically motivated and Kiev does not deserve any diplomatic credit for it.
"It is just a routine rotation. It an absolutely technical rather than political matter. Kiev’s bright diplomatic talents can hardly be traced here," Slutsky told TASS on Wednesday.
At the same time, Slutsky considers the UN Security Council membership to be a certain "advance" given to Ukraine on the path of building civil society on the basis of high UN standards.
"I hope that Kiev will use its 2 years at the UN Security Council to depart from the principles of ‘democracy on blood’ and will use this floor to develop dialogue, especially for the purpose of stabilization and ending a war in its own country," the Russian deputy said.
Ukraine, Egypt, Senegal, Uruguay and Japan were elected non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday. Ukraine gained the smallest number of votes - 177 with 4 abstentions.
The Security Council is the main United Nations body. The UN Charter vests it with a responsibility to maintain peace and international security. The UN Security Council has 15 members, including five permanent members /Russia, China, the United Kingdom, the United States and France/ and 10 non-permanent members, five of which rotate annually.