UNITED NATIONS, January 22. /TASS/. The topic of Belarus has nothing to do with the UN Security Council, while attempts to discuss it are politicized, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vassily Nebenzia told TASS Friday.
"It is perfectly clear that the situation in Belarus does not concern the Security Council. The situation there does not pose any threat to peace and security," he said. "It is blatant politicization and the desire to drag this issue back to the surface. Our Baltic colleagues from Estonia initiate this by putting this topic up for discussion and not for the first time."
"We can also discuss many other things that happen around the world here, but we do not stoop to this. We know the mandate of the Security Council and do not introduce separate topics for discussion," Nebenzia noted.
On January 22, the UNSC will hold an informal meeting involving former presidential candidate in the Belarusian presidential elections Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, it was initiated by Estonia, France, Ireland, Norway, the UK and the US. It will be an Arria Formula meeting which is not held in the UNSC hall and does not yield any resolutions or other official documents. Other members of the council can refuse to attend such meetings.