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Russia, US clash at UN over Russian troop build-up near Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS: Tensions between Russia and the United States over Moscow’s troop build-up near Ukraine spilled into the United Nations Security Council on Monday (Jan 31), with each international locations accusing one another of being “provocative”.

Russia didn’t cease the US-requested council assembly on the build-up, permitting for a public face-off over what the United States and different nations referred to as a menace to worldwide peace and safety.

The council is unable to take any motion past speaking in regards to the state of affairs as Russia is likely one of the council’s 5 veto powers, together with the United States, China, France and Britain.

“The threats of aggression on the border of Ukraine … is provocative. Our recognition of the facts on the ground is not provocative,” US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield instructed the 15-member council.

“The provocation’s from Russia, not from us or other members of this council,” she mentioned, echoing a central argument from the Washington as US-Russia relations have hit a brand new low.

Thomas-Greenfield accused Russia of getting greater than 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders with Russia and Belarus getting ready “to conduct offensive action into Ukraine.” She mentioned that Washington has seen proof that Moscow plans to deploy 30,000 extra troops in Belarus by early February.

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia mentioned there was “no proof” Moscow was planning navy motion towards Ukraine and that Russia had persistently rejected such accusations.

“Our Western colleagues are talking about the need for de-escalation. However, first and foremost, they themselves are whipping up tensions and rhetoric and are provoking escalation,” Nebenzia mentioned.

“The discussions about a threat of war is provocative in and of itself. You are almost calling for this. You want it to happen. You’re waiting for it to happen, as if you want to make your words become a reality,” he added.

The United States wanted at least 9 votes to proceed with the council assembly after Russia referred to as a procedural vote. Ten members voted in favour, Russia and China voted no, whereas India, Gabon and Kenya abstained.

Nebenzia mentioned Russia was not “scared” to debate Ukraine, however did not perceive the rationale for the assembly, saying Moscow has by no means confirmed what number of troops it has deployed.

CHINA BACKS ‘QUIET DIPLOMACY’

The dialogue centered on whether or not the build-up of Russian troops near Ukraine is a menace to worldwide peace and safety – which the Security Council is charged with sustaining – and whether or not the state of affairs warranted a public council assembly.

“What is urgently needed now is quiet diplomacy, not megaphone diplomacy,” China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun mentioned.

The Security Council has met dozens of occasions over the disaster in Ukraine since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

Nebenzia described the disaster as “domestic” and mentioned it may solely be improved by implementing the Minsk agreements, which purpose to finish a separatist conflict by Russian-speakers in jap Ukraine. Moscow has lengthy mentioned it’s not a celebration to the battle.

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