Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says that all countries that have sought non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for 2021-2022, including Canada, are partners of Ukraine, regardless of the results of the voting.
"This is a secret ballot structure, and I want to tell you that all the candidates, without exception, including Canada, which fought for this non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council, are our partners and really deserve to be in the UN Security Council," he said in an interview with The Globe and Mail, according to the presidential press service.
He stressed that Ukraine had always supported and would continue to support Canada.
"Ukraine has always and will continue to support Canada. Regarding the voting and the election process at the United Nations, I cannot say because that is confidential information," The Globe and Mail quoted Zelensky as saying. "I know that Canada wanted very much to be elected and to be on the Security Council of the United Nations. Well, it did not happen this time, but what is important for Canada is also important for Ukraine because the success of Canada is the success of Ukraine."
The Ukrainian leader expressed hope that next time Canada would be the winner. He stressed that there are many platforms in the world where everyone listens to that country's opinion, in particular, it is NATO and the OSCE, the presidential press service said.
"I'd like you to understand that everything that is important for Canada is also important for Ukraine, because we understand that Canada always supports Ukraine on such large-scale geopolitical platforms. And we will always support Canada," the press service quoted him as saying.