Is Germany Hurting its Bid for a Permanent UNSC Seat?

  • The scandal erupted during the UN Security Council meeting in relation to Syria.
  • Russia and China believes Germany will not able to secure the permanent membership in the UN Security Council.
  • There is a discussion in Russia to annul the agreement signed by the Mikhail Gorbachev allowing the reunification of Germany.

Russia and China believe that Germany will not be able to upgrade to permanent member status on the United Nations Security Council. Furthermore, a Russian diplomat stated that Russia will not miss Germany when its term expires a the end of this month. The comments came on the heels of a scandal that broke out during the UN Security Council meeting.

The UN Security Council consists of fifteen members, ten of which are elected on a regional basis to serve a term of two years. The body’s presidency rotates monthly among its members.

The discussed topic was Syria, and Germany criticized Russia and China in relation to the limitation of the humanitarian aid that Germany sends to Syria though the neighboring nations. However, Russia specifically stated that all humanitarian aid should be directly sent to Syria.

Germany refuses to cooperate, due to its refusal to recognize Bashar Al-Assad as the legitimate President of Syria. Instead, the German representative to the UN, Christoph Heusgen, made a statement that Russia is causing Syrians to die. Moreover, the Deputy Russian Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said Germany was the one to let Syrians die.

Earlier, both Russia and China vetoed the proposed resolution, which entailed an additional border checkpoint for the humanitarian aid transfer. The Chinese representative to the UN believes Germany will loose their bid for the permanent spot.

Russia and Germany continue to have tensions pertaining to the situation with Alexei Navalny. He was poisoned in August, and was transferred for treatment to the Charité Hospital in Berlin. Navalny continues to reside in Germany. Germany accused Russia of poisoning Navalny with a variant of the Novichok poison.

The United States does not openly support Germany securing a permanent spot and would prefer Japan to be added as a permanent member to the UN Security Council.

Alexei Anatolievich Navalny is a Russian politician and anti-corruption activist. He came to international prominence by organizing demonstrations, and running for office, to advocate reforms against corruption in Russia.

As of late, Germany has been very aggressive at the UN Security Council meetings. This could be due to changes in the German foreign policy. Recently, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the UN is not capable of solving important issues and Germany is ready to “take on additional responsibility” for the international community. Nevertheless, aggressive tactics will not win Germany a spot.

Lately, there have been discussions in Russia to annul the agreement signed by the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, which allowed the reunification of Germany. This could cause a lot of turmoil for Germany, and could make the next federal election very interesting for the German populous.

Many countries that previously supported the inclusion of Germany on the list of permanent members may have decided to rethink their support, especially Russia.

German politicians’ egos are becoming too big and that is the time when mistakes are made. France has the desire to reclaim the leadership of the Western Europe. Germany has a lot to lose if their aggressive tactics at the UN will continue.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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