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UN Security Council under threat as Putin’s power grows

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Rich TVX America presents a compelling argument by Yale Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman on the urgent action needed to prevent Putin’s crony from assuming the Presidency of the UN’s Security Council. We highly recommend “Just Say No and Veto Putin From Taking Over U.N. Security Council,” an article written by Sonnenfeld, who holds the positions of Senior Associate Dean and Lester Crown Professor in Management Practice at Yale School of Management and President of the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute. In his piece, Sonnenfeld expounds upon the importance of the United States standing up against Russian aggression and opposing its potential takeover of the United Nations Security Council. Joining him in this cause are Senator Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the senior U.S. Senator representing Connecticut since 2011, and Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and a distinguished public servant who has served in the administrations of five U.S. Presidents. Huntsman has an impressive resume, having also held ambassadorial posts in China and Singapore and the role of U.S. Deputy Trade Representative, in addition to being a two-term Governor of Utah. Together, these esteemed individuals offer valuable insights into the current political climate and the urgent need for decisive action to safeguard American interests. Sonnenfeld has raised a pressing issue: that an indicted war criminal, Vladimir Putin, is on the cusp of assuming control of the United Nations Security Council with the implicit approval of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom. Putin’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, has been appointed as Putin’s emissary to address the Security Council, even though Lavrov had previously stormed out of the Council when presented with evidence of Russia’s atrocities against Ukraine. Moreover, Putin has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes committed against non-combatant civilians in Ukraine. It is incumbent upon the United States to exercise its veto power and use its influence to prevent Putin’s ally from assuming the Presidency of the UN’s Security Council and misusing the platform to justify Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

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The Security Council, consisting of the five permanent members – the US, China, France, Russia, and the UK – wields immense power, with each member having the ability to veto any resolution. However, since Putin’s return to office in 2012, Russia has exploited its veto power a staggering 24 times, or twice annually, while China has used its power ten times or once per year. In contrast, the US has used its veto power only three times in the past decade. The article also exposes Russia’s breach of Article 27 of the UN Charter, which requires a member state that is a party to a dispute to abstain from voting. Despite being a party to the conflict and an aggressor nation, Russia vetoed a draft resolution presented by Albania and the US to terminate the Russian Federation’s military incursion into Ukraine, which had received backing from 11 Security Council members. China, India, and the United Arab Emirates abstained from the proposal. The article also sheds light on Russia’s exploitation of the UN to push an inaccurate counter-narrative of Ukrainian neo-Nazis, propaganda regarding the “evil Ukrainian regime,” and their purported “peaceful intentions,” as well as other absurd meetings. Furthermore, Russia has never been acknowledged as a legitimate UN member state, let alone a member of the UN Security Council. It is of utmost importance that the US utilizes its influence and veto power to prevent Putin’s henchman from taking the reins of the UN’s Security Council and abusing the platform to gloss over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

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