Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said presiding at a Ukraine-initiated UNSC open debate on the issue of conflicts in Europe, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.
"We require strong institutions protecting international law. Only strong institutions, and first of all the U.N. Security Council, can ensure international security. We need to urgently reform the Security Council in order to remove the veto power abuses. The Security Council should be capable of efficiently addressing 'bloody conflicts' regardless of possible presence of a party to the conflict at this table as Security Council permanent member," he said.
Klimkin said Russia tends to exploit institutional weaknesses, in particular abusing its power of veto at the U.N. Security Council.
He also noted the U.N. should take more initiative in providing options for the resolution of conflicts in Europe.
"We also believe it is worth reflecting on existing experience of conflict resolution in other regions. For example, the establishment of a Security Council Ad Hoc Working Group on Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Europe, similar to that dealing with conflicts in Africa. This could make the Security Council pay more heed to conflicts in Europe," he stated.
Klimkin stressed a growing trend of instability in the world and warned that a crisis can quickly evolve into a large-scale war if appropriate response measures are not taken.
"In recent decades, Europe has faced a number of conflicts. Those conflicts that remain unresolved have one common feature - active involvement of one state, Russia," the minister said.
"If Russia's aggression goes unchecked, every protracted conflict may become a hot one, and the aggressor will continue to create new threats and challenges in stable places," the diplomat said.
He said the appeasement of aggressors and lack of consequences encourage more aggression.