6 February 2013, 05:43

Russia ready to accept any version of UN Security Council reform

Russia ready to accept any version of UN Security Council reform

Russia is ready to accept any version of a UN Security Council reform under the condition that it will be supported by a majority of states.

This was announced Tuesday in an interview with Russian journalists by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, on the results of a Rome ministerial meeting on issues of reforming the Security Council.

"Russia regards the issue flexibly and pragmatically. We are ready to support any version of a Security Council reform. What’s important for us, is that the version receive support by all states," said the diplomat.

However, he expressed regret that at the current stage, when there are significant differences between the sides in the discussion, "there is no reason to believe the problem will be solved in the near future.”

The stumbling block is the question pertaining to the number of member-states of the security body of the World organization.

In particular, Italy and Spain believe that expansion should affect only non-permanent members.

However, Germany, India and Brazil are adamant that the expansion should also involve permanent states-members of the Security Council, which currently include Russia, the U.S., France, Britain and China.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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