The decision on whether Germany should become a permanent member of the UN Security Council should be made by all UN member-countries, not in a bilateral format, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a press briefing on Friday.
«The issue of Germany’s UN Security Council permanent membership will not be resolved in a bilateral format. This decision should be made by the General Assembly following the ongoing intergovernmental negotiations in New York involving all UN member-states. Russia is in favor of continuing the search for such a model for the reform that would have the maximum support of all member-countries,» she said when asked by a TASS correspondent to comment on the French-German cooperation agreement, which is expected to be signed on January 22. It emphasizes the two countries’ commitment to granting Germany the permanent UN Security Council membership.
Zakharova stressed that negotiations on reforming the UN’s main body should be transparent and comprehensive, without setting artificial deadlines.
«To that end, I can say that it is difficult for us to comment on the bilateral French-German document, which is planned to be signed, as the text has not been made public yet,» the diplomat went on to say. «In general, Paris’ support for the German aspiration to get a permanent seat in the UN Security Council is not something entirely new. The French side has repeatedly stated this before. In particular, the joint declaration signed by the French president and the British prime minister in March 2008 contained a similar clause, and that was confirmed by the French delegation in the Security Council,» TASS quoted the Spokeswoman as saying.
Russia has been in favor of expanding the Security Council by including representatives of developing countries in it and has opposed any attempts to restrict veto power, which allows UN Security Council permanent members to block resolutions.