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Russian invasion exposes U.N. Security Council's utter impotence

Time to reform the body, including possible expulsion of Moscow

In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on Feb. 25 but could not even adopt a resolution to condemn the act.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Russia's aggression against Ukraine is graphic and brutal evidence of the international community's inability to effectively respond to events that disrupt peace. The U.N. Security Council is a distressing symbol of this paralysis.

The Security Council is supposed to play the role of "the guardian of peace" and has the authority to do so. It can decide to slap sanctions on countries threatening peace, and U.N. member countries are required to comply with its decisions.

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