UN Security Council Pushes To Suspend In-Person Voting, Russia Says ‘No’

With New York City now clearly the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States — as of Friday reporting 5,683 cases and 43 deaths — United Nations diplomats from various countries are pushing to suspend in-person voting and sessions. 

Most United Nations Security Council members are already pushing to vote in teleconferencing only and to rely on virtual meetings, however, Russia is reportedly blocking the initiative. Reuters reports:

Russia believes the 15-member body “shouldn’t be afraid” to meet in person in the council chamber in New York.

UN National Security Council Chamber, via Dwell.com

The council has so far merely experimented with video conference meetings and is seeking to implement it during this public health emergency as a “last report” measure.

“Russia has prevented the Security Council from approving a U.S.-drafted procedural note, seen by Reuters, for meetings held…

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