WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently co-sponsored a joint resolution urging the Biden administration to remove Russia from the United Nations (UN) Security Council.
“Putin's regime must be held accountable for starting this unprovoked war against a free and sovereign democracy and spilling the blood of innocent people,” said Senator Tillis. “Russia has lost their right to serve on the UN Security Council, and I urge the Biden administration to call for their immediate removal.”
- This resolution urges the Biden Administration to take all steps necessary to remove the Russian Federation as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council.
- Removing Russia’s status as a Permanent Member of the Security Council eliminates Moscow’s veto power over Security Council Resolutions.
- Allowing Russia to retain its permanent position despite its abuse of international law threatens the very credibility of the Security Council and undermines the fundamental values of peace and security on which the United Nations is built.
- It is also possible that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics’ (USSR) seat was never properly transferred to the Russian Federation, as there was not a formal process such as amendment of the UN Charter after the fall of the Soviet Union.
- Russia was granted its seat on the Security Council on the basis of the UN’s legal office, with no action ever taken by the General Assembly to formally approve it.