The White House stated that Russia has no place in the UN Security Council, but there is still no real international legal way to deprive Russia of permanent membership. This was stated by White House spokesman Karin Jean-Pierre at a briefing the day before.
"We call on Russia to behave professionally during its planned presidency in April, and the Council will continue its important work on a range of peace and security issues around the world. Nevertheless, we expect that Russia will continue to use its seat in the Council to spread disinformation and attempt to divert attention from trying to justify its actions in Ukraine and the war crimes committed by its military personnel and its flagrant violations of the UN Charter. A country that brutally violates the UN Charter and invades its neighbor has no place in the UN Security Council," said Jean-Pierre.
She noted that "unfortunately, Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council, and there is no real international legal way to change this reality."
"This is what we live with now. As unpleasant as it is to see Russia presiding over the Council, it's actually mostly a ceremonial position that rotates through the Council members month by month in alphabetical order. And this is what we see in April," Jean-Pierre said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, said that the world cannot be a safe place with Russia in the UN Security Council, and that the beginning of its presidency in this body on April 1 is a "bad joke."