The US warned Russia at the UN Security Council: “We do not want confrontation, but we will be forceful if they invade Ukraine”

The Russian ambassadors to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya; United Kingdom, James Kariuki; and USA Linda Thomas-Greenfield (Reuters)

The UN Security Council met this monday at the request of the United States who, together with his allies from the OTAN, try deter Russia from invading Ukraine while preparing sanctions against Moscow.

Russia was unable to get the meeting canceled during a procedural vote. -10 votes in favor out of a total of 15- and the session began immediately.

On the contrary, the US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, justified the meeting by stating that the deployment of more than 100,000 Russian soldiers on the border with Ukraine “threats international security”.

“Imagine how uncomfortable they would be if they had 100,000 troops deployed to their border… this is not about horseplay, this is not about rhetoric, this is not about America and Russia,” he said.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during the meeting (REUTERS / Andrew Kelly)
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during the meeting (REUTERS / Andrew Kelly)

Thomas-Greenfield stressed that the Russian deployment “It is the largest mobilization of troops in Europe in decades.”

The ambassador accused Russia of wanting to deploy “at the beginning of February more than 30,000 soldiers” in Belarus, near Ukraine. He added that they will be “less than two hours north of Kiev” and that this same Monday Moscow had already deployed 5,000 troops in Belarus, including special forces, missiles and anti-aircraft batteries.

“None of us can say we didn’t see it coming”he warned.

“We seek the path of peace. We seek the path of dialogue”, added the official. “We don’t want confrontation. But we will be decisive, swift and united if Russia continues to invade Ukraine.”

For his part, the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, assured that with the convening of the open meeting of the Security Council, the United States intends to “generate hysteria” Y “deceive the international community” with “baseless accusations” about an alleged Moscow attack on Ukraine.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia during the Council meeting (REUTERS / Andrew Kelly)
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia during the Council meeting (REUTERS / Andrew Kelly)

In his speech, the Russian ambassador thanked China -which opposed- and the three countries that abstained in the vote to hold the meeting.

He says that he “deployment of troops in our own territory” doesn’t mean there will be a “act of aggression”, and that there is no need to “hysterias”.

“There is no evidence” that the invasion is carried out, Nebenzia said.

The ambassador also questioned the figure of 100,000 soldiers that according to Western countries there are on the borders of Ukraine and he accused the West of “filling Ukraine with weapons”.

A satellite image shows tents and housing for Russian troops in Yelnya, Russia, January 19, 2022. (©2022 Maxar Technologies/REUTERS)
A satellite image shows tents and housing for Russian troops in Yelnya, Russia, January 19, 2022. (©2022 Maxar Technologies/REUTERS)

The ambassador also described the meeting as “particularly hypocritical” as US troops, weapons and nuclear weapons are deployed thousands of miles apart.

The Russian ambassador concluded with a harsh warning, urging the respect for the Minsk agreements, which aims to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine and was signed in 2015 by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France.

“If our Western partners put pressure on Kiev to sabotage the Minsk agreements, something that Ukraine is doing voluntarily, that could end in the worst way for Ukraine“, He said. “And not because someone destroyed it, but because it would have destroyed itself, and Russia has absolutely nothing to do with this.”

The United Kingdom’s deputy representative to the UN, James Kariukiwarned of how “destabilizing” a war in Ukraine would be and how “costly” it would be for Russia.

China's ambassador to the UN, Chen Xu (REUTERS / Andrew Kelly)
China’s ambassador to the UN, Chen Xu (REUTERS / Andrew Kelly)

Likewise, the French ambassador, Nicolas de Rivière, said that the international response will be “robust and united” if Russia.

For his part, China’s ambassador to the UN, Chen Xu, reiterated that Beijing opposed holding this public meeting at the security council.

“What we urgently need now is quiet diplomacy, but not ‘microphone’ diplomacy”, He said. “Unfortunately, the United States did not accept such a proposal.”

China also said that “NATO is a product of the Cold War” and urged “leave the Cold War mentality.”

Faced with the threat of an invasion, Ukraine rejected the Russian arguments and stressed that some 130,000 Russian soldiers on its borders.

“The question is ‘why are all these Russian forces there?’”, asked the Ukrainian ambassador, Sergiy Kyslytsya.

The official claimed that Moscow seeks to pressure Ukraine to make “illegitimate” concessions, and defended that Kiev should be able to make “alliances”, in reference to a possible entry into NATO.

Ukraine asked Russia on Sunday to withdraw its troops and maintain dialogue with Western countries if he “really” wants to de-escalate. Within this framework, Moscow announced that its Foreign Minister, Serguei Lavrov, will speak by phone on Tuesday with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blink.

Russian demands

Since the end of last year, Russia is accused of having deployed up to 100,000 soldiers on the Ukrainian border to prepare an attack. Moscow denies having plans to invade its neighbor, but wants written guarantees for its security.

starting with the commitment not to incorporate Ukraine into NATO and the end of the strengthening of the Alliance’s military presence in the Eastern countries.

Those demands have been rejected by the United States and the Kremlin is still studying its response to this refusal.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken greeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov before recent talks in Geneva.  (REUTERS)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken greeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov before recent talks in Geneva. (REUTERS)

US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said there were “signs” that Russia was interested in a dialogue on the US-NATO response.

For his part, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menéndez, He asked for The United States warns Russia that any aggression against Ukraine will cost Russia dearly.

“We cannot go back to having a new Munich moment”, the senator told CNN, referring to the 1938 agreement between France, Italy and the United Kingdom with Adolf Hitler, by which Germany seized a part of the Czech territory.

“Putin will not stop in Ukraine”, he added.

sanctions

In this context, The United States and the United Kingdom brandished the threat of new sanctions against Russia. British officials said they would seek to target a range of Russian economic interests. “of direct interest to the Kremlin”, that is, the inner circle of President Vladimir Putin.

The United States and its allies have prepared a list of Vladimir Putin's inner circle to sanction them if Russia invades Ukraine (Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS)
The United States and its allies have prepared a list of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle to sanction them if Russia invades Ukraine (Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS)

In Washington, one Democratic and one Republican lawmaker said Congress is close to reaching an agreement on a bill that provides for new economic sanctions against Russia.

Among the punitive measures that the United Kingdom and the United States are studying, there are some that would affect the strategic gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, Come in Russia Y Germany, or even to the access of the Russians to transactions in dollars, the dominant currency in world exchanges.

Faced with the prospect of new sanctions, Moscow claims to be treated fairly.

“We want good, uniform, mutually respectful and equitable relations with the United States as with all the countries of the world.”, Lavrov said on television.

Russia “you don’t want to be in a position where your security is regularly violated”, he added.

(With information from AFP)

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