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Germany seeks to bolster Western dominance of UN P5 by attacking Russia, says diplomat

According to the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, the current membership of the UN Security Council, including its permanent pool, is overrepresented by certain regions, especially Western European and other countries which include the US
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Russian Foreign Ministry Press Office/TASS
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova
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MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Berlin’s attempts to accuse Moscow of obstructing the UN reform have nothing to do with reality and aim to preserve the excessive representation of the Western countries - led by the US - in the UN Security Council, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday.

The spokeswoman pointed out the recent interview of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas with the DPA news agency, in which the top diplomat voiced these allegations.

"This is a downright disgrace for the German diplomat," Zakharova said, paraphrasing a quote from writer Mikhail Bulgakov. "Because such unprofessional statements have nothing to do with reality. And it is strange that he does not know that. Or maybe he does; then this is disinformation."

Zakharova recalled that "Russia consistently supports - through intergovernmental talks - the development of a kind of reform model that would enjoy the widest and consensual support of member states - much greater support than the formally required two-thirds of votes."

"We have repeatedly stated that we support reforming the Security Council through wider representation of African, Asian and Latin American countries," she added. "Meanwhile, the efforts to make the UN Security Council more representative should not affect its efficiency and productivity."

"Under the current membership of the UN Security Council, including its permanent pool - The [Permanent] Five, - there is an obvious overrepresentation of certain regions, especially the regional group of Western European and other countries which include the US," the diplomat underscored. "I understand that this overrepresentation probably sparks nostalgia in Germany, and they would like to preserve it. But this is not a reason to accuse Russia of things it didn’t do and doesn’t intend to do."