In 1950,upon the 6 to 3 defeat of his proposal to oust the Nationalist Chinese representatives in the United Nations in favor of the People's Republic, Soviet ambassador Jacob Malik walked out of the voting chamber and announced his boycott of the Security Council.
blamed the United States for "lawlessness" and noted that anyone could see the illegality of refusing to recognize the PRC.
Until the Nationalist Chinese were removed, Malik
vowed that the Soviet Union would not be bound by UN declarations.
Soviet Union Remains Active in the United Nations Although Malik was willing to make the gamble, higher-ups in Moscow were not, and he was replaced as the Soviets determined to keep their power of veto that had been part of the original agreements to joining the UN in 1945.
The early days of the UN
were rife with difficulties as the Soviets initially balked at the inclusion of India and the Philippines, the former colonies who were believed to be just extra votes for the dominant UK and US
Further issues arose when the USSR wanted each of its republics within to gain recognition, but the US
countered saying each of its 48 states would then, too.
A compromise was met with recognition of Belorussia and Ukraine, and the United States was proposed two additional seats but declined rather than choose among its states.
"With the balance of the Cold War thusly struck for the early days, the defining moment of the renewed troubles was the refusal to recognize the People's Republic of China after the Nationalist Republic moved its capital to Taipei.
hoped for a shut down of the UN
by walking out and relying on the power of the Eastern European Bloc.