Russia backs India, Brazil for permanent membership in UN Security Council

Russia has supported India and Brazil as “worthy candidates” for permanent membership in the UN Security Council, calling them “key international actors.”

During the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on September 24, 2022 expressed his support for India, becoming a permanent member of the Security Council.

India has been at the forefront of efforts at the U.N. to push for urgent long-pending reform of the Security Council, emphasising that it rightly deserves a place at the UN high table as a permanent member.

At present, the UNSC comprises five permanent members and 10 non-permanent member countries which are elected for a two-year term by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The five permanent members are Russia, the UK, China, France and the United States and these countries can veto any substantive resolution. There has been growing demand to increase the number of permanent members to reflect the contemporary global reality.

India is currently halfway through the second year of its two-year term as an elected non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

India’s tenure at the Council will end in December when the country will also preside as president of the powerful UN organ for the month.