Russia’s UN council presidency is most contentious in memory

FILE - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a joint news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after their talks, in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, April 7, 2023. So far, the Russian presidency of the U.N. Security Council has been the most contentious in the memory of long-time U.N. diplomats and officials. More fireworks are to come later in the month when Lavrov presides over the premier event of the presidency — an open council meeting on defending the principles of the U.N. Charter. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

UNITED NATIONS — First the Russians gave the U.N. spotlight to the commissioner of children’s rights accused with President Vladimir Putin of war crimes for deporting Ukrainian children to Russia, sparking a walkout by the U.S. and several others.