Excluding Russia from the UN Security Council is out of the question, the White House spokeswoman announced. Washington also opposes a no-fly zone over Ukraine as it could lead to war between NATO and Russia.
Russia is abusing its position on the UN Security Council, but expelling the country from permanent membership of the UN Security Council is out of the question. This was announced by White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy had demanded that Moscow be stripped of its seat on the important UN body in view of the invasion of Ukraine. When asked about Zelensky’s request during a White House briefing, Psaki explained:
“We don’t think that’s going to happen.”
Of course, the White House understands the reasons for the demand, but Russia has a permanent seat on the Security Council. She added:
“Therefore, of course, it is particularly worrying that Russia, given its special responsibility for upholding the UN Charter, is actively undermining the Charter and abusing its position.”
Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, along with China, France, the UK and the US, and has the right to veto the body’s resolutions. Moscow last used this right a week ago to block a US-backed draft condemning the invasion of Ukraine.
Psaki also dismissed Zelensky’s call for a no-fly zone to be established over Ukraine. She explained that US President Joe Biden balked at such a move because “essentially it would mean that the US military would shoot down Russian planes and trigger a potential outright war with Russia, which is exactly the move we are avoiding want”.
However, the press secretary stressed that Washington intends to continue to fully support the Ukrainian government. Among other things, through the “provision of assistance, the acceleration of military support and close cooperation”.
Russian troops were deployed to Russia’s neighbor last week as part of a special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine, protect the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and protect Russia’s national security interests. Kyiv has accused Moscow of an unprovoked offensive.
The EU, US and other countries have responded with unprecedented sanctions targeting Russian business and selected senior officials. A majority of the United Nations General Assembly condemned Russia’s special military operation.
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