US comments on calls to strip Russia of permanent UN seat

US vows to continue efforts to ‘isolate’ Russia at UN, but admits it cannot deprive Moscow of its permanent seat

The United States currently sees no way to strip Russia of its status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council because of the conflict in Ukraine, the US ambassador to the UN has said.

In a May 6 interview with PBS, Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Russia’s actions are “particularly infuriatinggiven its status as a permanent member, which is difficult to revoke, despite appeals from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Russians have the permanent seat, and I don’t see that there will be any changes at the moment, but we will continue our efforts to isolate them,” she says.

Earlier, Thomas-Greenfield accused Russia of abusing its veto power and supported a resolution, tabled by Liechtenstein, demanding that the permanent members of the Security Council justify their use of the veto. The resolution was passed on April 26, but it remains to be seen how it will work in practice. According to the resolution, the UN General Assembly must convene within 10 days if a veto is applied by one of the five permanent members of the Security Council.

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The United States has repeatedly made it clear that Russia will remain a permanent member of the UNSC. In early April, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said her country shared Zelensky’s view “frustrationon the status of Moscow but does not see it changing.

His remarks followed the Ukrainian leader’s speech to the Security Council, which had met to discuss alleged atrocities in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

Accusing the Russian military of committing war crimes – which Moscow has vehemently denied – Zelensky called on the UNSC to either expel Moscow or disband.

The Security Council, whose primary responsibility is β€œthe maintenance of international peace and securityis the only UN body authorized to issue binding resolutions on member states.

Its five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – can block any resolution.

Veto power was first used by the Soviet Union in 1946, and since then Moscow has exercised it 143 times, far more than other permanent members.

In April, the United Nations General Assembly voted to suspend Russia from the organization’s Human Rights Council. The US-drafted resolution passed with 93 votes in favor and 24 against, while 58 abstained.


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