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How did Russia retain the UNSC veto power of the Soviet Union?

Essentially, you got a permanent seat on the Security Council if you were one of the major powers who won WW2 and went about setting up the post-war peace organisation, i.e the United Nations. When ...
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Why did the U.S. veto the UN ceasefire resolution?

Well, we can read what the U.S representative said the UN: The US engaged in good faith on the text, said Deputy Permanent Representative Robert A. Wood, that would increase opportunities for hostage ...
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How did Russia retain the UNSC veto power of the Soviet Union?

When a country dissolves, merges, or suffers some other major changes, it's customary that the new country which emerges from this process inherits the rights and duties of the former - for example, ...
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Was it advantageous for Russia to invade while holding the presidency of UN Security Council?

Not particularly. The only real use of the UNSC presidency powers so far was to attempt to hold the February 21st Security Council session, held at the request of Ukraine and sponsored by several UNSC ...
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Why has India abstained on the UNSC resolution on Russia in Ukraine?

Historically, India was a leading member of the Non-Aligned movement and one of the non-Marxist-Leninist states closest to the Soviet Union. Those relations laid the foundation for good India-Russia ...
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Can there be a UN resolution to remove a country from the UN Security Council?

Yes The first and most obvious method is based on the UN charter, Article VI, which says in its entirety: A Member of the United Nations which has persistently violated the Principles contained ...
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What is the legal background for Russia's seat as a Permanent Member of UNSC?

It is just an excerpt. See NYT and for the entire protocol see 31 I.L.M 1992, page 147-155. Member states of the commonwealth support Russia in taking over the U.S.S.R. membership in the U.N., ...
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Which country benefited the most from UN Security Council vetoes?

You can find the list of vetoed resolutions on Wikipedia. Many of the vetoes are related to the Middle East, with the US or Russia exercising their veto power for the benefit of a local ally. Other ...
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How did Russia retain the UNSC veto power of the Soviet Union?

After the dissolution of the USSR, a commonwealth was created called Commonwealth of Independent States. This organization is a military and economic alliance between former USSR nations (and open to ...
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For what reasons, doesn't the West push for the inclusion of India as a member of United Nations Security Council?

Stability is the basis of the security council system. The inclusion and exclusion of countries from the security council is a consequence of the allies in world war two, not of "fairness" ...
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Who defines which countries are permanent members of UN Security Council?

What defines which countries are permanent members This is defined in section one of article 23 of the UN Charter, which says: The Security Council shall consist of fifteen Members of the United ...
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Are there benefits, except moral support for the victim country, to approach the ICJ when the offender is a UNSC Permanent member?

It's a reputational cost to the US. Ask yourself, you are right now quoting the US vs Nicaragua controversy. How much of your awareness of that controversy is precisely derived from that "...
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What reason did China invoke for vetoing the US proposal at the UNSC in re Gaza?

If you go by the press release from the meeting, it sums up China's main points against the draft resolution: Zhang Jun (China) said that the United States’ draft was put forth on Saturday and ...
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Which country benefited the most from UN Security Council vetoes?

There are probably no stats exactly for what you ask, but the common examples of often vetoed issues are the Molotov doctrine of vetoing new UN members (pre-1970) because the UN general assembly didn'...
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Is an 'Against' vote by one of the five permanent members in UNSC a default veto?

There is no need for a permanent member to declare the use of their veto power explicitly - if a P5 member votes against a non-procedural resolution then it will always fail to pass. Article 27(3) of ...
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Do the US and the UK have the right to attack Houthis?

They have the right to use force in self-defence. Earlier the same day as the security council resolution, it was reported that warships from both countries [US and UK] repelled a barrage of 21 ...
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Can the UN Security Council kick out permanent members?

The membership of the Security Council is fixed in Chapter 5 of the UN Charter: The Republic of China, France, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and ...
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What is the point of the UN Security Council if permanent members have veto power?

What is the point of the UN Security council if permanent members have veto power? The Security Council's main purpose is to reduce the risk of accidentally starting World War III. The point is that ...
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Was any UN Security Council vote triple-vetoed?

Wikipedia has the complete list of vetoes. France, UK, US joined force: twice in 1989 regarding Panama and Libya; in 1986 regarding Libya; 4 times in 1981 regarding Namibia; 3 times in 1977 ...
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Why did the U.S. veto the UN ceasefire resolution?

Since the Q suggests WW3 and what not, I'll just add this bit from a Nov 14 presser of the Pentagon. Deterrence in the Middle East is working, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said today....
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Can there be a UN resolution to remove a country from the UN Security Council?

The UN Charter does not provide for any way for a country to be removed from the UNSC. This is the case for both the permanent members (of which France and China are two, as well as the US, UK and ...
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Why did China and Russia abstain on the UN security council resolution 2593 on the situation in Afghanistan?

Why did China and Russia abstain on the UN security council resolution 2593 on the situation in Afghanistan? Both Russia and China offered amendments or concerns that were not accepted or addressed ...
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Can the United Nations security council deploy forces in areas of conflict without consent from a rebel group?

I was a UN peacekeeper in Western Sahara (MINURSO) back in 2009-2010, and I recall from the briefings that there are (at least) two distinct kinds of peace operations: peace keeping and peace ...
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Why has India abstained on the UNSC resolution on Russia in Ukraine?

While the reason for the abstention is officially stated in this tweet by the Indian ambassador to the UN, India is deeply disturbed by the recent turn of developments in Ukraine. We urge that all ...
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Have the leaders of UN Security Council permanent member states ever been tried for war crimes?

The question seems to assume that a security council resolution is necessary to try somebody for war crimes. This is incorrect. The ICC is at liberty to investigate crimes within its jurisdiction, ...
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Can the permanent members of the UN Security Council also veto UN General Assembly resolutions?

No. The General Assembly can only "make recommendations to States on international issues within its competence". (my emphasis) So what is it competent to do: It sets the budget. It ...
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Why did the U.S. veto the UN ceasefire resolution?

The UN Security Council and especially the veto powers used there are mostly a geo-policital platform and whatever the topic of the day is is mostly an afterthought. During the Cold War, it was pretty ...
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What is the point of the UN Security Council if permanent members have veto power?

The primary reason why the United Nations has a UN Security Council with five permanent members with vetoes is that the League of Nations did not have such a mechanism and failed. The basic problem ...
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Russia and the Security Council resolution on a Syria ceasefire

There were two projects denied in Security Council. Let's discuss both of them. First, the French project was essentially about (a) ceasefire in Aleppo, plus (b) stopping air bombing especially. It's ...
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Who defines which countries are permanent members of UN Security Council?

Reform of the United Nations Security Council Any reform of the Security Council would require the agreement of at least two-thirds of UN member states in a vote in the General Assembly and must be ...
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