Moscow: Russia joined other permanent UN Security Council members on Thursday in publicly backing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a second term.
The Security Council was expected to make a recommendation to the General Assembly later on Thursday that Ban be appointed for a second five-year term.
“We will be ready to support Ban Ki-moon’s candidacy for re-election to a second term,” Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told a news briefing.
Britain and the United States - permanent members of the council along with Russia, China and France - said last week that they supported a second term for the South Korean. His current term ends on 31 December.
Diplomats had indicated Russian support was expected despite Moscow’s criticism of the implementation of UN resolutions on Libya and Ivory Coast.