Ukrainian Visionary Yatsenyuk Imagines a Beautiful United Nations Without Russia

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has already insisted that Ukrainian will become an official language of the EU. Now he has some suggestions for the UN!

Tue, Jun 16, 2015
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After Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced some weeks ago that the Ukrainian language will likely become an official EU language, there’s been every reason to expect even bigger things of him. And bigger things did come! In an interview with Channel 5, owned by President Petro Poroshenko, Yatsenyuk broke the news that it’s high time the United Nations was radically reformed. That’s because the Organization in its present format is, in fact, powerless against the "aggressive Russia“. He followed this with "and without reforming the UN you’d never have any consensus.” His raving, in full:

Our partners do their best at the UN, but one has to be sincere and admit that the UN, regretfully, is at present unable to resolve conflicts such as the one taking place in Ukraine. The decisions in the Security Council are taken by consensus, but how can you have any consensus at all when the aggressor state has a permanent seat in it?

Therefore with the veto power principle, Russia is in a position to block any decision, which makes the UN Security Council something like a chatting room.

And here's the cherry on top: “The UN principle role is to safeguard international law and protect human rights and freedoms, but the Organization is not up to these tasks.”

So, oops… I mean, he did it again. Awesome!

To tell you the truth, however, I have no idea what he's trying to say. On the one hand, with his record of a Reformer in his own country, Arseniy Yatsenyuk is of course perfectly entitled to lecturing the UN in any way he likes. On the other, some details of his scheme have escaped me. Should the Organization be reformed from within, with Russia to be expelled forever, or from outside — that’s the first thing. If it’s all to be accomplished from outside, does his idea envision a Maidan in New York and a seizure of the UN premises? Will Ban Ki-moon and the rest of the company be lustrated in garbage containers? What will become of the UN budget? Will it go to weapons for maiming civilians? Lots of questions… Let’s wait for another interview. They are becoming more and more interesting! 


Yury Nickulichev is a professor at the Russian Academy for National Economy and Civil Service

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