STATEMENT: Tenney speaks on Ukrainian president’s address to the UN Security Council

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WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, recently released a statement in response to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the United Nations Security Council, where he called for Russia to be removed from the body.

Tenney was the first member of Congress to introduce a resolution calling for Russia to be removed as a permanent member of the Security Council following its invasion of Ukraine, a companion of which was introduced in the Senate by Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Tenney's statement read:

“I agree wholeheartedly with President Zelenskyy’s sentiment today: the UN should take immediate action to remove Russia as a permanent member of the Security Council. With Russia in this position, where it holds a critical veto power, the body is a complete sham. The UN Security Council should be no place for tyrants and war criminals.

“Last month, I introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution directing the Biden Administration to take all steps necessary to remove Russia as a permanent member. Allowing Russia to retain its permanent position despite its flagrant abuses of international law threatens the credibility of the Security Council and undermines the values of peace and security on which the United Nations is built. The United States and our allies must continue to hold the Russian Federation accountable and push for a peaceful resolution to this conflict. Reforming the UN Security Council is the perfect place to start.”

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