The move did not come as a suprise, with five seats being contested by five nations. However Ukraine’s new position is likely to add to tensions with Russia, which is a permanent Security Council member and had reportedly been campaigning against Ukraine joining the council.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, who traveled to New York to campaign for his country’s election, said that Ukraine has a broader global agenda but that its tone with Russia will “definitely not be conciliatory.”
“For the first time, we have an absolutely unique, unimaginable situation…that a permanent member of the UN Security Council is an aggressor in Ukraine, waging a hybrid war against Ukraine,” – Klimkin said.
In one round of voting the United Nations General Assembly also elected Egypt, Japan, Senegal, and Uruguay to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms, ending on 31 December 2017. The non-permanent members that will remain on the Council until the end of 2016 are Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela.
The UN Security Council consists of 15 countries. The permanent members of the organization are just five of them: the United Kingdom, China, Russia (as the successor of the USSR), the United States and France. They also have veto power when voting.
As was previously informed, before the vote in the Foreign Ministry stated that Ukraine enlisted strong support for the election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2016-2017 years.