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The Security Council meeting was at the request of the United States in response to Russia’s reinforcement of military forces along Ukraine’s borders.creditcredit…Andrew Kelly/Reuters

The United States and Russia were embroiled in a public diplomatic brawl Monday at the United Nations Security Council over the Ukraine crisis, with Americans accusing the Russians of endangering peace by massing troops on Ukraine’s border and Kremlin diplomats dismissing what they described as farcical theater and fear-mongering. .

Immediately after the meeting of the 15-nation council, the Russians objected even to its holding. Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia accused the Americans of making “unfounded and refuted accusations” and said the meeting would not help “unite this council”.

He said there were no Russian forces in Ukraine, questioning the basic premise of a meeting he described as “speaker diplomacy”.

The US ambassador, Linda Thomas Greenfield, responded that several private diplomatic meetings had taken place about the Russian military build-up and that “now is the time for a public meeting.” I asked the other members how it would feel “if you had 100,000 soldiers sitting on your border”.

The council voted to go ahead with the meeting, with only Russia and China objecting.

“The situation we are facing in Europe is urgent and dangerous,” said the lady. Thomas Greenfield said in her opening remarks. “Russia’s actions strike the very heart of the United Nations Charter.”

She said the Russian military build-up reflects “an escalation in a pattern of aggression that we’ve seen from Russia over and over again.” And that if the Russians invade Ukraine, “none of us will be able to say we didn’t expect that to happen.”

The council meeting, which was requested by the United States last week, is the most prominent arena for the two powers to influence world public opinion on Ukraine. Tensions surrounding the former Soviet Republic brought US-Russian relations to their lowest point since the Cold War.






Other military or air facilities

Russia started to move

Troops, armor and advanced

Anti-aircraft systems in

Belarus, a close ally.

About 130,000 Russian soldiers

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Ukrainian border.

Troops spread north

Ukraine can extend

The country’s forces are thin and

threatens its capital, Kiev.

Approximated line

Ukrainian chapter and

Russian-backed forces.

Nearly 20,000 soldiers are close

Two separate provinces, where

Ukraine is closed in

War mill with Russia backed

separatists since 2014.

Other military or air facilities

About 130,000 Russian soldiers

Posted by

Ukrainian border.

Russia started to move

Troops, armor and advanced

Anti-aircraft systems in

Belarus, a close ally.

Approximated line

Ukrainian chapter and

Russian-backed forces.

Nearly 20,000 soldiers near the two

Separatist provinces, where Ukraine

It is locked in the grinding process

The war with Russia backed

separatists since 2014.

About 130,000 Russian soldiers

Posted by

Ukrainian border.

Russia started to move

Troops, armor and advanced

Anti-aircraft systems in

Belarus, a close ally.

Approximated line

Ukrainian chapter and

Russian-backed forces.

Nearly 20,000 soldiers near the two

Separatist provinces, where Ukraine

It is locked in the grinding process

The war with Russia backed

separatists since 2014.

About 130,000 Russian soldiers

Posted by

Ukrainian border.

Russia started to move

Troops, armor and advanced

Anti-aircraft systems in

Belarus, a close ally.

Nearly 20,000 soldiers are close

Two separate provinces, where

Ukraine is closed in

War mill with Russia backed

separatists since 2014.


Note: Figures for newly arrived forces in Belarus, parts of Crimea and western Russia are rough estimates.

As one of the council’s five permanent members – along with Britain, China, France and the US – Russia has a veto over any decision made by the majority. But the veto cannot be used to block the meeting.

Russian diplomats mocked the meeting as part of artificial differences over what they call unjustified Western fears, instigated by the United States, that Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to invade Ukraine. The Russians also took advantage of complaints from the Ukrainian president and others that Americans are sowing needless panic.

Mr. Putin, who has not spoken publicly about Ukraine since December, was silent.

His spokesperson, Dmitry S. Peskov, told reporters on Monday that Putin will announce his views on the situation “as soon as he decides it is necessary.”

“I can’t give you an exact date,” said Mr. Peskov. Russian officials continued to maintain that they were not guilty of the escalating tensions, and insisted that the United States was fabricating the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

That was a rare point of common ground with Kiev, as President Volodymyr Zelensky also blamed the United States for needlessly sowing “panic” in Ukraine.

Russia has sent more than 100,000 troops to the Ukrainian border in recent weeks, as part of an increasingly aggressive stance by Mr. Putin to protect and expand what he sees as Russia’s legitimate sphere of influence in Eastern Europe. The Pentagon said on Friday that Russia has amassed enough forces to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine at a time of its choosing.

The Kremlin accused NATO of threatening Russia and demanded it never accept Ukraine’s membership. The possibility of a diplomatic solution remained unclear at best.

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei V. Lavrov, will hold a phone call with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Tuesday, but there are no plans at the moment to arrange a personal meeting, Maria F. Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the ministry. , Monday.

The Biden administration has said it wants a peaceful outcome to the crisis but is preparing for the possibility of what US military leaders have said will be a devastating armed conflict in Ukraine. Management pledged to respond with stifling economic sanctions On Russia if it invades Ukraine.

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