“Important! 67 countries have already voiced their support for the initiative of stripping a country of its veto power in the UN Security Council if a conflict in it becomes disproportionately violent,” writes Sergeyev.

Discussion on whether or not to strip permanent members of the UN Security Council of their veto power has been going for years now. A number of countries are in favor of the idea, particularly in cases when the Security Council members have a vested interest in the question under discussion. Those opposed to the idea cite a direct conflict of interest as a reason for their disagreement.

There has been another international outcry over Russia exercising its UN veto to block a draft resolution seeking to set up an international criminal tribunal into the MH17 air disaster.

Key to the solution of the problem lies in changing the UN Charter but for that to happen the changes need to gain the support of the majority of the UN member countries.