Russia extends support for permanent seat for India in UNSC

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Moscow [Russia], June 23 (ANI): Russia on Thursday extended its support for India's candidacy for a permanent seat in United Nations Security Council. "Today we talked of probable reforms of the United Nations and India is a strong nominee to become a permanent member of UN Security Council and we support India's candidacy. We believe it can become a full-fledged member of the Security Council," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a Russia, India and China (RIC) meeting. India has been recently elected a non-permanent member for a two-year term starting January 1, 2021. Foreign ministers of the RIC discussed reforms of the United Nations during the trilateral meet held through video conferencing. Several countries have backed India for a permanent member of the UNSC. The UNSC comprises 15 members including 10 non-permanent and 5 permanent members. The 193-member UNSC holds elections every year to elect five non-permanent members for a two-year term at the UN. Apart from this, there are five permanent members of the Council-China, France, Russia, UK and the US. Last week, India was elected unopposed as a non-permanent member of the 15 member-UNSC for the 2021-22 term. (ANI)