The speech of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, September 20, tried to challenge the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya. He was outraged by the fact that Ukraine is not a member of the Security Council, and its leader is given the floor immediately after UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
This is reported by The Guardian.
The Prime Minister of Albania, which chairs the Security Council, Edi Rama, first politely explained that Zelenskyy's speech was not a violation, since those who are directly interested in resolving the issue under discussion can take the floor in front of the members of the Council if necessary.
"I want to assure my Russian colleagues that this is not a special operation of the Albanian presidency, but a continuation of a long and established practice that is fully consistent with the provisions of the UN," he stressed, deliberately using the euphemism "special operation" used by the Kremlin for its war in Ukraine.
The Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation tried to stop Edi Rama, noting that if he strikes with a gavel to start the meeting, "the Albanian presidency will be tarnished."
"Stop the war, and Zelensky will not speak," the current head of the UN Security Council advised Nebenzya in response.
Recall that on September 19, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky spoke at the UN General Assembly. He conveyed important messages, including that Russia cannot be trusted, as well as the globalization of the Ukrainian peace formula.