In Turtle Bay, the situation between Russia and Ukraine is not the Cuban missile crisis

As Russia sought to exploit a minor rift between Washington and Kiev, the British prime minister announced on Monday a solidarity trip to Ukraine, hoping to garner Western support for the country.

In an attempt to stop a meeting at the American initiative in the Security Council, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, said that Washington was stirring up unjustified hysteria. ?? He denied that Russia was planning to invade Ukraine, the former Soviet state, considering that America exaggerated talk of war in an attempt to weaken his nation?? He says even the Ukrainian president noticed it.

Indeed, President Zelensky has sounded the alarm about Washington’s warning that its diplomats in Kiev are leaving the country. President Biden did not nominate a permanent ambassador to Ukraine, but fearing a repeat of the catastrophic evacuation of Afghanistan, the State Department issued the warning, which will leave only a handful of American diplomats in Kiev. London followed with a similar consultation of British diplomats.

Zelensky said on Friday he feared such moves could harm his country by scaring off foreign investors and creating needless panic. ?? Captains should not leave the ship?? He said. ?? I don’t think we have a Titanic here. ??

In Turtle Bay, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Sergei Kiselitsya, scoffed at the idea that Mr. Zelensky’s warning represented a split among allies. He noted that the Security Council meeting on Monday, which Russia could not prevent, came as a result of the consultations he had with the US envoy to the United Nations, Linda Thomas Greenfield.

In classic diplomatic disdain, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations announced ahead of his Ukrainian colleague’s speech at the Security Council that he needed to leave because of a pre-set meeting. However, turning to the lost Russian presidential chair, Mr. Kiselitsya said, “My leadership speaks his language, ?? Adding: ?? No need for it.” [mis]explain?? Mr. Zelensky.

That was when Prime Minister Johnson set off for work in London.

Amid a growing political scandal that has rocked his leadership, the British prime minister announced that he will travel to the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday to meet with Mr Zelensky. The opportunity to take a picture of the two leaders will certainly help in consolidating the image of unity between Ukraine and the West?? Although it may not necessarily help Mr Johnson escape his critics in London.

Britain also recently announced that it would make a significant addition to its contribution to NATO, and that it would double the number of British forces stationed in Estonia, Ukraine’s neighbor.

Back in Turtle Bay, Russia’s denial of plans to invade Ukraine confused diplomats. After Mrs. Thomas Greenfield noted the much-cited number of Russian troops deployed on the borders of Ukraine, Mr. Nebenzia said, ?? Where did you get the 100,000 soldiers from??? In any case, he said that those forces are on Russian soil, and therefore they do not pose a threat to anyone.

He accused America of provoking war in a similar way to what Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State, appeared before the council, waving a bottle representing chemical weapons supposed in the period leading up to the conflict in Iraq.

Mrs. Thomas Greenfield replied: Threats of aggression on the borders of Ukraine?? Yes on its borders?? Provocative….Our recognition of the facts on the ground is not provocative. Threats to action if Russia’s security demands are not met are provocative. ??

And despite garnering support from Washington, Monday’s Security Council session added very little to diplomatic efforts to de-escalate tensions. It failed to solidify Washington’s attempt to reintroduce America to the center of world affairs.

Communist China’s ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, backed the Russian argument against holding the session, calling for quiet negotiations rather than megaphone diplomacy. ?? As the debate began, the council members quickly descended into an ambiguous bilateral rhetoric.

Nothing came close to an Adlai Stevenson moment?? When the Americans exposed the Soviet build-up in Cuba.

Indeed, in the past, the spirit of appearing at the United Nations has been rivaled, as Nikita Khrushchev slams boots on a table; Hugo Chavez pretending to smell sulfur?? On the podium where George W. Bush spoke; Letters of Muammar Gaddafi and Fidel Castro long comic. Chaim Herzog rips apart “Zionism is racist”?? Precision; Or is Benjamin Netanyahu drawing a cartoon of a bomb to show Israel’s red line?? on Iran’s nuclear buildup.

Compare those memorable moments with Ms. Thomas Greenfield at one point on Monday and warning Russia that it risks violating Article 39 of the United Nations Charter. No decision has been proposed.

With Cold War II raging in the heart of Europe, the Biden administration may try to revive the centralization of the United Nations, which at times witnessed world-shaking events during the First Cold War. work center.


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Photo: Linda Thomas Greenfield, US ambassador to the United Nations, addresses the United Nations Security Council, Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. AP/Richard Drew


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