Russia turns down Turkish President Erdogan's proposal

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.31 - 2023 2:09 PM CET

Russia turns down Turkish President Erdogan's proposal.

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The Kremlin has dismissed a proposal by Turkey to establish an alternative to the United Nations (UN), stating that the UN remains the "only and uncontested international mechanism" for addressing global issues.

Fahrettin Altun, a spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that Turkey is preparing to create a new international organization.

This comes as Turkey marks the 100th anniversary of its modern republic. Altun criticized the UN Security Council for its inability to fully address global problems, stating that existing international structures have even exacerbated crises.

Russia's rejection and rationale

According to Newsweek, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov responded to Turkey's proposal during a press briefing, emphasizing that despite its inefficiencies, the UN system remains the only viable international mechanism.

Peskov added that any new proposal would require a minimum international consensus, something he deemed unlikely in the current global climate.

President Erdogan has been a vocal critic of the UN, often using the slogan "The world is bigger than five" to call for reform.

This slogan refers to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council: the U.S., China, France, Russia, and the U.K. In September, Erdogan stated that the UN Security Council has failed as a guarantor of international security and has become a battleground for the political strategies of these five countries.

Erdogan has called for immediate restructuring of UN institutions responsible for world peace, security, and welfare. He advocates for a global governance architecture that represents all origins, beliefs, and cultures.

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