Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Thursday welcomed the decision not to elect Russia to the Executive Board of UNESCO and called for Moscow’s removal from the UN Security Council.
“Great news – Russia has been ousted from the UNESCO Executive Board,” Nauseda posted on the X social media platform. “The aggressor that destroys cultural heritage in Ukraine does not deserve to have a say in building a culture of peace&prosperity.”
“Next step – removing Russia from the UN Security Council,” he added.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced via X on Wednesday that Russia has not been elected to the UNESCO Executive Board for the first time in history.
“The era of Russian influence is over,” he posted.
UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations.
The UN Security Council consists of 15 members tasked with tackling global crises by imposing sanctions, authorizing military action, and approving changes to the UN charter.
As one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, Russia can veto any resolution.
Countries have long called for reform of the Security Council, whose five permanent members reflect the international power structure at the end of World War II, and since the start of the war in Ukraine, Kyiv and its allies have sought to remove the aggressor from it.
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