The UN Security Council must take into account the interests of all countries, while remaining a key link in the global governance system, said Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Our logic is that the Security Council should take into account more fully the interests of all countries, all the diversity of their positions, based on the principle of the broadest consent of states, but at the same time, as before, it served as a key link in the system of global governance, which cannot be ensured without preserving the veto right of permanent members. “, – said Putin during his speech at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
According to him, the veto of the five nuclear powers, the victors in World War II, “and today reflects the real military-political balance.” “This is an absolutely necessary and unique tool that does not allow unilateral actions fraught with direct military collision of the largest states, makes it possible to seek a compromise, or at least avoid decisions that are categorically unacceptable for others,” the Russian president stressed.
During his speech, Putin also confirmed his intention to convene an in-person summit of the UN Security Council member states to discuss key principles of international politics. “Realizing this responsibility, Russia proposed to convene a summit of the Big Five countries. Its goal is to reaffirm the key principles of behavior in international affairs, to develop ways to effectively solve the most pressing problems of our time. It is gratifying that our partners supported the initiative,” he said.
As Putin noted, “in the current difficult conditions, it is important for all countries to show political will, wisdom and foresight.” “And, of course, the leading role here belongs to the permanent members of the UN Security Council – the powers that have for 75 years now bear a special responsibility for international peace and security, for preserving the foundations of international law,” the Russian president stressed.
Putin suggested starting a serious conversation about cybersecurity at the UN
Putin called for cybersecurity issues to be discussed at the UN site. “Issues of cybersecurity, the use of advanced digital technologies deserve the most serious discussion at the UN platform. It is important to hear and perceive people's fears about how much their rights, privacy, property and security will be protected in the new era,” Putin said at the UN General Assembly.
The President of the Russian Federation drew attention to the fact that digital technologies tend to spread uncontrollably – and, just like conventional weapons, they can fall into the hands of all sorts of radicals and extremists not only in the zones of regional conflicts, but also in quite prosperous countries, creating enormous risks.
He stressed that it is important to learn how to use new technologies for the benefit of humanity and find the right balance between incentives to develop artificial intelligence and justified restrictive measures.
It is also important for Putin to come to a joint regulatory agreement that would rule out potential threats. “Moreover, from the point of view of not only military technological security, but also traditions, law, and morality of human communication,” the Russian president noted.