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Stressing Upon A Reshuffle

Csaba Kőrösi, the President of UN General Assembly (UNGA), believes that the UN Security Council (UNSC) needs to be reshuffled, as the present Council has become completely useless. During his recent meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, Kőrösi said the Russia-Ukraine War has made it clear that the UNSC needs to be reshaped.

Kőrösi recently arrived in the South Asian country on a three-day visit, during which he held separate meetings with Prime Minister Modi, External Affairs Minister Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and Hardeep Singh Puri, the Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs. According to experts, both Russia and Ukraine would continue to bleed in the coming months. Perhaps, the UNGA President has stressed on reshuffle of the UNSC because of this. He met the Indian Prime Minister hours after US President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr announced that Washington DC would not supply fighter jets to Kiev.

Since the outbreak of the war between Russia and Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the US has been increasingly critical of Russia. In fact, President Biden offered all sorts of help to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy. Telephonic conversations between the two leaders, followed by President Zelenskyy’s visit to Washington DC a month ago, hinted that the US was backing Ukraine. However, President Biden announced on January 30, 2023 that the US would not send F-16 fighter jets to Kiev. The US President said that he would discuss the issue with President Zelenskyy. As expected, Biden’s announcement has shocked Ukraine, as well as the Western allies of Washington DC.

Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had announced that he would not send Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine. Later, he changed the decision, and agreed to provide Kiev with Leopards.

Meanwhile, Andriy Yaroslavovych Melnyk, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, has claimed that his country is interested in striking a fighter jet deal with the Western countries so that Kiev will have Eurofighter, Tornado, French Rafale and Swedish Gripen jets to counter Russian attacks. Although French President Emmanuel Macron has welcomed Ukraine’s decision to purchase fighter jets from Europe, he has expressed fear that the move could escalate the war. German Chancellor Scholz, too, has stressed that sending fighter jets right after supplying tanks to Kiev is not at all a wise decision.

On January 31, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed that his Government would not send fighter jets to Ukraine. He argued that pilots would require several days to learn how to operate these Fourth Generation aircraft, insisting that the decision to send these aircraft to Ukraine is not logical in the current situation. In a nutshell, Ukraine has become isolated, as the war continues. It seems that a reshuffle in the UNSC may rescue the former Soviet Republic from the ongoing crisis.

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