Amidst the ongoing Ukraine war, Russia has declared India and Brazil as ‘worthy candidates’ for permanent seats on the UN Security Council and referred to them as ‘key international actors’.
On Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed support for India becoming a permanent member of the Security Council at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
Just an hour before External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s speech, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in his address to the General Assembly that the UN and Security Council must adapt to modern realities.
According to him, Moscow believes that increasing the representation of nations from Latin America, Asia, and Africa will only increase the Security Council’s chances of becoming more democratic.
“We note India and Brazil in particular as key international actors and worthy candidates for permanent membership within the Council whilst simultaneously unilaterally and mandatorily raising the profile of Africa,” Lavrov said.
India has been at the vanguard of efforts at the UN to press for urgent, long-overdue Security Council reform, highlighting that it is entitled to a seat at the top table of the UN as a permanent member.