White House responds to calls to strip Russia of UN Security Council seat — Analysis

Jen Psaki reports that while the US would love to assist Kiev in its war with Moscow, it will do so through other channels.

Russia abuses its UN Security Council position, Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, said Thursday that removing Russia as a permanent UN member was not in the cards.

Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukrainian President, suggested that Moscow lose its UN-key position following the Russian invasion.

“We don’t see that happening,” Psaki said when asked about Zelensky’s idea during a briefing at the White House. “We certainly understand – you know, [Russia] has a permanent seat on the Security Council.”

“Of course, that is why it is so particularly disturbing that Russia, given its particular responsibility for upholding the UN Charter, is actively subverting the Charter and abusing its position,”But she insisted.

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Together with China, France, the UK and the US, Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council with a right to veto the body’s resolutions. Moscow used the right to block a draft sponsored by America, which condemned its invasion into Ukraine, last week.

Psaki again rejected Zelensky’s call for a no-fly zone to be established over Ukraine. She said that President Joe Biden was reluctant to take such an action because “it would require, essentially, the US military shooting down Russian planes and causing a – prompting a potential direct war with Russia, something – the exact step that we want to avoid.”

However, Psaki insisted that Washington remains fully focused on supporting the Ukrainian government, including by “expediting assistance, expediting military defense assistance, engaging closely with them.”

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Moscow sent troops to Ukraine on Thursday last week, claiming that it was the only possible way to end violence in Ukraine “genocide”Kiev committed the crime in Donetsk, Lugansk (southeastern Donbass) region. According to Russia, it’s not planning to occupy the neighboring state, but is only looking to “denazify” “demilitarize” it.

Kiev has been rejecting Moscow’s claims of masterminding a forceful takeover of Donbass, insisting that Russia is waging an unprovoked war against it.

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