During training in Kiev, Ukraine (AFP / Sergei SUPINSKY) on January 30, 2022, an army instructor teaches the public how to hold Kalashnikov rifles.
Russia and the United States on Monday called on the United Nations to suspend troops stationed in Moscow, near Ukraine.
Aside from this first meeting of the Council on the Crisis Around Ukraine, President Joe Biden warned in a statement that “if Russia withdraws from diplomacy and attacks Ukraine, (it) will take responsibility and face immediate and serious consequences.”
The Security Council requested that in addition to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ongoing inspections in Iran, that it monitor Iran’s compliance with “the steps required by the IAEA Board”. “This meeting is a decisive step for the world to speak with one voice,” he said. Biden said.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, immediately accused Washington of “creating hysteria” and “deceiving the international community” with “baseless allegations.”
Her US envoy, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, responded that the deployment of more than 100,000 Russian troops around Ukraine was a threat to “international security.” With more than 30,000 additional troops in Belarus, its rule is very close to the Kremlin.
Vasily Nefenzia and Belarusian Valentin Rybakov called for a “joint military exercise” in February. .
Before the meeting, Vasily Nebenzia asked on what basis the West could confirm that more than 100,000 Russian troops were stationed on the outskirts of Ukraine, recalling Washington’s promise of weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In this country, not found.
– “No military intervention” –
In a measured tone, Ukrainian ambassador to the UN Sergei Kislitskaya called on his country not to be “threatened” by military operations. In eastern Ukraine, he said, “achieving a ceasefire in the Donbass region is a priority” and clashes with Ukrainian separatists have taken place with the support of Moscow.
The UN Security Council is due to reconsider Ukraine on February 17 during a regular meeting dedicated to the Minsk Accords aimed at appeasing Donbass.
Inaugurating the council session, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary Dicarlo said the current crisis around Ukraine was “no alternative to diplomacy”. He added that “there should be no military intervention to resolve it.”
President Biden will receive his ally, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, on Monday, who will discuss Europe’s gas security and “ways to ensure the stability of the international gas supply.” .
According to Moscow and Washington, a telephone conversation will take place between Russian and US Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Anthony Blinken on Tuesday.
– New restrictions –
The United States and the United Kingdom on Sunday sealed the threat of new sanctions against Russia.
London has indicated that it wants to target Russian interests “directly interested in the Kremlin.” On Monday, Moscow responded by accusing British officials of preparing “attacks” against Russian companies and promising to “respond” if necessary.
Map showing the deployment of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border (AFP /)
In Washington, elected officials said Congress was close to agreeing on a bill that would impose new sanctions against Russia.
In the arsenal of sanctions mentioned, the strategic North Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany or the United Kingdom and the United States plans to target the Russians’ access to dollar transactions, the queen of international trade.
Moscow has been accused of preparing 100,000 troops for an attack on the Ukrainian border since the end of 2021.
Russia denies any plans in this direction, while rejecting Ukraine’s membership in NATO and demanding written guarantees of its security, including the end of the Atlantic Alliance’s military consolidation in the East.
The United States rejected this important request in a written reply to Moscow. The Kremlin said it was considering its reaction.
– Send troops –
Many Western countries have recently announced the sending of new troops to Eastern Europe.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will propose to NATO this week to send troops in retaliation for its “anti-Russian stance” against Ukraine.
Military trainers and civilians during training in Kiev, AFP / Sergei SUPINSKY, January 30, 2021
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, his German counterpart Annalena Beerbock and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki are expected in Kiev this week.
Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand, who is providing military assistance to Ukraine, arrived there on Sunday on a two-day visit. He announced the move of Canadian military troops to western Ukraine.
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