Russia's top diplomat at the United Nations, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy suggested Monday that the world body needs to answer for allowing his country's invader a seat at the tables of power.
«For us, it's very important that all our words, all our messages, will be heard by our partners. And if in the United Nations still — it's a pity, but still — there is a place for Russian terrorists, the question is not to me.
I think it's a question to all the members of the United Nations,» Zelenskyy said after visiting wounded Ukrainian military members at a New York hospital.
He had just arrived in the U.S. to make his country's case to the world and to Washington for continued help in trying to repel Russia's invasion, nearly 19 months into what has become a grinding war.
Ukraine's Western allies have supplied weapons and other assistance, and the U.S.
Congress is currently weighing President Joe Biden's request to provide as much as $24 billion more in military and humanitarian aid.
U.S. lawmakers are increasingly divided over providing additional money to Ukraine.
Zelenskyy is scheduled to spend some time Thursday on Capitol Hill and meet with Biden at the White House.
Before that, Zelenskyy is due to address world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday and speak Wednesday at a U.N.
Security Council meeting about Ukraine. Russia is a permanent, veto-wielding member of the council, and Foreign Minister Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to make remarks.
Asked whether he'd stay in the room to listen, Zelenskyy said, «I don't know how it will be, really.»
Zelenskyy has taken the United Nations to task before — even before the war launched by a neighbor that, as a Security Council member, is entrusted with