Following a plea last week from Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has declined to re-elect Russia to its council. The IMO is a United Nations specialized agency. The IMO’s council is the organization’s executive organ that performs governing functions between the assembly’s sessions.
President Zelensky welcomed the decision, saying on social media that “in the last decade, no country has done more to undermine freedom of navigation than Russia”.
The IMO’s Assembly voted on December 1st to elect 40 new council members for 2024-2025.
Russia had applied under the category of “states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services”. It had held a place on those grounds for the past two years.
The new council members under this category are China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Norway, Panama, South Korea, the UK and the US.