Ukrainian Defense Minister Says International Security Organizations Have Failed
Ukraine’s defense minister said in an op-ed on Thursday that several international security organizations that count Russia among their members have failed as the Russian invasion of Ukraine rages on.
“Among the victims of Russia’s war against Ukraine is the post-war system of global order and security. Russia has done everything that international security institutions were created to prevent. How can the United Nations Security Council, in which Moscow has a permanent seat, live up to its peacekeeping mission? Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov wrote in the Wall Street Journal.
“What kind of security and cooperation is possible on the continent when one State participating in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has attacked another and killed thousands of civilians? These organizations have failed,” he continued.
The Ukrainian official argued that the institutions needed to be replaced, saying they only served the interests of “great powers” and not those of all countries.
Ukraine is not currently a member of the UN Security Council, which is made up of 15 members, but it is a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OCSE).
The UN Security Council, which was created after the Second World War, is intended to maintain global security and peace in addition to investigating situations or disagreements that could create friction at the international level, between other functions.
The activities of the OSCE, whose origins date back to the 1970s, delve into three aspects of security, “politico-military; economic and environmental; and the human,” according to the organization’s website.
“The activities of the OSCE span all three areas, from ‘difficult’ security issues such as conflict prevention, to promoting economic development, ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources and promoting full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the organization’s website reads. Remarks.
Reznikov claimed in his op-ed that the West’s response to the situation in Ukraine had been “too slow”.
“As President Volodymyr Zelensky said, the global response to a crisis like this should be immediate, within 24 hours, not after weeks or months,” he wrote. “Any aggressor must face irreversible punishment through a mechanism of preventive measures – so-called deferred sanctions which can be approved in peacetime and take effect automatically.”
Ukraine’s defense minister reiterated Ukraine’s calls for heavy weapons and a “total global embargo” on Russian gas and oil imports.
“A Ukrainian victory is the only result that will force Russia to rethink its strategy of aggression. We can do it. We have already proven our bravery. We just need tools,” he said.