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India worked closely with Russia at UNSC, hopes to continue contacts — envoy

India held the presidency of the UNSC last December

NEW DELHI, February 2. /TASS/. India has closely cooperated with Russia in the UN Security Council over the last year and hopes to continue this interaction, Indian Ambassador to Moscow Pawan Kapoor said on Thursday.

"I should also mention that we worked pretty closely with our Russian friends in the UN Security Council this last year and we are hoping to maintain consultations in [the] UN," he said, speaking online at the conference ‘India-Russia Strategic Partnership: New Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World Order’.

The UN Security Council consists of five permanent members - Russia, the UK, China, the US, France - and ten non-permanent members elected by the UN General Assembly for two-year terms. On December 31, 2022, the terms of five of them - India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, and Norway - expired. The vacated spots were taken by Malta, Mozambique, Switzerland, Ecuador and Japan. Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates will remain part of the UN Security Council until the end of 2023.

India held the presidency of the UNSC last December.