Russia should permanently lose its great power status, says Polish Ambassador to the UN

“Russia should be deprived of its power status, as impunity could be an incentive for hostile actions by other countries”

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Polskie Radio
Krzysztof Szczerski, permanent representative of Poland to the United Nations, during an emergency meeting of the UN General Assembly, Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at the United Nations Headquarters. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Polish Ambassador to the UN Krzysztof Szczerski is of the opinion that the world community needs to address the long-term consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

“Russia should be deprived of its power status, as impunity could be an incentive for hostile actions by other countries,” says Szczerski.

“This power status gives the right to intervene in various parts of the world, set out your own spheres of influence, and also hold a privileged seat in the UN Security Council,” Szczerski explained in an interview with Polish Radio.

The ambassador stressed that Russia cannot remain unpunished in the context of its actions in Ukraine. According to Szczerski, addressing those consequences can happen only when the United States makes a decision, “but this can only happen when the elections in the U.S. are concluded.”

“The war has changed its character; its goal is to wear the Ukraine down, to harass it relentlessly until it capitulates due to the humanitarian disaster. That is why us, as the collective West, those who do not want such a scenario, need to understand that the war cannot continue in its current state. We need to get closer to some kind of peaceful solution,” he said.

Szczerski points out that no matter what path towards ending the war is chosen by Western countries, loss of Ukrainian territory cannot be the price of that peace.

“That is why appropriate military support needs to be provided, to allow Ukraine to retain its territorial integrity,” Szczerski said.

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