UN Security Council meets first on tensions between Russia and Ukraine


The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) met publicly on Monday at the request of the United States to discuss Russia’s military buildup near the border with Ukraine.

US Ambassador to the United States Linda Thomas-Greenfield follows the opening remarks by Russian diplomat Vasily Nebenzya in the United States. meeting To protect peace and security, saying that the negotiations are not about the United States and Russia, but about the peace and security of the member states.

“Imagine how uncomfortable it would be if you had an army of 100,000 sitting on the border,” said Thomas Greenfield.

In his opening remarks, Nevenja pointed out Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s pledge to settle down last week and dismissed allegations of Russia’s aggression as a “myth.”

A Russian envoy said in a comment by Defense Minister Zelensky and Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, “We do not consider us a threat in this activity,” and said Moscow is preparing for an invasion soon. rice field. However, they are “possible and likely in the future.”

Thomas-Greenfield dismissed Nevensia’s accusations that Washington was trying to “build hysterics” and take advantage of “megaphone diplomacy” by convening the first UNSC meeting on the situation in Ukraine and Russia.

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UN Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield will speak at a UN Security Council meeting on January 31, 2022 in New York City to discuss the situation between Russia and Ukraine. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
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Russia’s UN Ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, will address the UN Security Council on January 31, 2022, prior to voting. (Richard Drew / AP photo)

Moscow had previously suggested that it would try to block the UNSC meeting with the support of nine from a 15-member organization, but the United States will continue the UNSC meeting on Monday. Won the vote and upheld 10 votes. Against 2. Russia, along with the United States, France, the United Kingdom and China, is one of five permanent powers to exercise veto power in parliament.

Following the vote, UN Under-Secretary-General Rosemary Dicarlo gave a public briefing, followed by speeches from 15 council members. Given that Russia is one of the Security Council’s five veto countries, including China, there is little formal action by the UNSC.

Only China and Russia voted against the public meeting, and China’s UN ambassador to the United Nations, Chen Xu, said Beijing needed “quiet diplomacy” instead of “Mike diplomacy” in the council.

President Joe Biden said at the White House statement The meeting on Monday was “an important step in bringing the world together and speaking out. Refusing to use the military, calling for military escalation, supporting diplomacy as the best way to move forward, Demand accountability from all member states. Refrain from military attacks on neighbors. “

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Ukrainian soldiers investigate tanks on January 31, 2022 in a military unit near Kharkov, Ukraine. (Andrew Marienko / AP Photo)

Negotiations between the United States and Russia have so far failed to ease tensions, but the session began more advanced diplomacy this week. Russia has gathered an estimated 100,000 troops near its border with its southern neighbors, and Western forces have claimed plans for Russia to invade.

Russia has repeatedly denied its intention to launch an attack, but NATO refuses to allow it to join the Ukrainian alliance, suspends the deployment of NATO weapons near the Russian border, and rolls back troops from Eastern Europe. I demanded that I never allow it. NATO and the United States call those demands impossible.

“The hysteria promoted by Washington causes hysteria in Ukraine, where people are starting to pack bags for the front lines,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

An important meeting will take place the day after the United States announced on January 30 and will impose sanctions and economic implications if President Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine.

“I think Mr Putin is very clear about the economic implications he may have and the ways the Russian people may suffer further … invading Ukraine,” said the Pentagon. Spokesman John Kirby said. Fox news..

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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