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M. Samus: There is an urgent need to start a comprehensive discussion on the UN reform agenda.

Russia, which is conducting an aggressive war against Ukraine, destroys the authority of the United Nations as a universal international organization responsible for maintaining peace at the global level. The UN Security Council has transformed Russia's hands into a global instrument for ensuring security and stability on a conflict-producing ground.

6 March CADAC took part in the conference "The Rise Of Global Conflict In The 21 Century: Do We Need Alternative Models Of Conflict Resolution?" held at Press Club Brussels Europe, Brussels.

Speakers: Mike Hookem, Member of the European Parliament, Frank Schwalba-Hoth, Former Member of the European Parliament, Masood Iqbal Mir, Secretary-General of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Gary Cartwright, EU Today, Michael Samus, Deputy Director for International Affairs, CEDAW.

The main question of the conference: how to find ways and means for resolving armed conflicts in conditions of growing international tension, confrontation and inefficiency of the current system of international relations.

In his report, Mikhail Samus emphasized that the settlement of modern armed conflicts is complicated not only by the ineffectiveness of the system of international relations, but also by the complete confusion of this system during the period of true truth and parallel information reality. Russia, which for 5 years openly conducts an aggressive war against Ukraine, until this time did not recognize itself as a party to the conflict. By using systemic information operations, Russia was able to create a "fog of uncertainty" and introduce into its information space its own terms that are often used by the international community - "the conflict in Eastern Ukraine", "civil war in Ukraine", "the Ukrainian crisis", etc. Although, in fact, the occupation and annexation of the Crimea, the occupation of the Donbas, the act of 25.11.2018 aggression against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy near the Kerch Strait are all manifestations of the classical aggressive war that Russia is leading against Ukraine.

The special significance of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict for peace lies in the fact that the aggressor in this case is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, which has the right to veto, as well as a country with one of the largest nuclear arsenals. Obviously, Russia literally understands the benefits of these instruments and brings the concept of "power of law" to the absolute. For Russia, there are no rules of international law, no rules, no restrictions on the abuse of its status. What, incidentally (implies membership in the UN Security Council), is, in fact, insignificant from a legal point of view (since Russia's automatic reception of the seat of the USSR in the UN Security Council was not properly executed), namely, the presence of modern Russia in the Republic of Belarus The UN has more geopolitical misconception than a fair datasheet.

Russia, which is conducting an aggressive war, destroys the authority of the United Nations as a universal international organization responsible for maintaining peace at the global level. The UN Security Council has transformed Russia's hands into a global instrument for ensuring security and stability on a conflict-producing ground.

There are no possibilities for punishing the aggressor. Russia is showing total disrespect for international law and encourages other countries to do so.

This leads to a situation where the world is rapidly approaching globalization and multiplication of conflicts. Chaos and constant wars are a good ecosystem for the ambitions of Russian leadership that does not have economic or technological advantages on the world stage. The war - the only product that goes to Russia the most qualitatively.

Exiting this situation is possible only subject to the reformation of the UN and, first of all, the UN Security Council. Comprehensive discussions on this issue need to be launched immediately. Various options for reforming the United Nations can be discussed. The main thing is to ensure guaranteed compliance with international law by all countries without exception. Regardless of how much they have in their arsenal of nuclear weapons, how many conventional weapons, economic instruments or other levers of influence.

It is believed that reformatting the global system can only take place after the global war. Is it necessary to confirm this assumption in the 21st century? Is it possible to better translate the global conflict into a controversial scene in the United Nations and create an effective international system without killing millions of people. Unfortunately, the answer is still not obvious.