A day after the United States and Russia clashed in a hostile open session of the United Nations Security Council, the two nations’ top diplomats will meet on Tuesday, resuming talks. private diplomacy to defuse tensions in Eastern Europe.
The leaders of Britain and Poland are scheduled to visit Ukraine on Tuesday, a show of solidarity as Europe seeks to present a united front in the crisis. Even with that meeting going on, however, Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary will travel to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin – a move that has drawn harsh remarks from European Union members about Orban’s efforts. close relations with Moscow at a time of crisis as an act of provocation.
US Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken, was expected to speak by phone with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, but exchanges were acrimonious between the two nuclear powers at the United Nations on Monday. highlighted a chasm that needed to be bridged.
The United States says more than 130,000 Russian troops are concentrated in the north, east and south of Ukraine as the biggest threat to European security since the end of World War Two.
“They are trying to paint Ukraine and Western countries as aggressors to make up an attack, without any factual basis,” said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the United Nations. said.
Russia responded by accusing the US of warming, noting that all of Moscow’s forces are on Russian and Belarusian soil at the government’s invitation. But Vassily Nebenzia, the Russian ambassador, made no secret of the Kremlin’s disdain for the popularly elected government in Kyiv, calling them “nationalists, radicals, Russians and Nazis.” pure”.
Although the stages are reminiscent of Cold War confrontations decades ago, President Biden on Monday said the United States would “engage in nonstop diplomacy” and “try to like the devil to improve security for our allies and partners and for Europe as a whole.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to deliver a similar message when he lands in Kyiv. But he will also carry the baggage of a home scandal that threatens his grip on power following a long-awaited report on whether Downing Street has introduced pandemic containment rules cited as Mr Johnson’s government’s “failure of leadership and judgment”.
Mr Johnson was supposed to be accompanied by foreign secretary Liz Truss, but she said on Monday night that she had tested positive for coronavirus.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland is also expected in Kyiv on Tuesday to confront what he called “Russian neo-imperialism.”
Poland recently approved sending “defensive weapons” to Ukraine, and the Polish government has long boosted support in the country by claiming that it is working to get rid of the communists – ” red spider”, in their terminology – from the country’s legal system.
But the leaders of the Polish government be censured for attending a meeting of far-right parties in Madrid over the weekend, many of which are seen as deeply sympathetic to or fully supportive of the Kremlin. And Warsaw’s domestic agenda echoes Moscow’s voice in viewing gays and lesbians as a threat to civilization and puts itself in the vanguard of defending “traditional values”. system”.
In that respect, Poland and Hungary are companions. However, while the Polish government is constantly hostile towards Russia, Mr. Orban has expressed admiration for Mr. Putin.
His visit to Moscow will be the 11th time the two leaders have met. After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, Mr Orban organized a similar visit, leading to accusations that he was in fact Russia’s Trojan horse in the European Union.
Orban, who faces elections this spring, hopes to strike a deal to increase the nation’s annual gas supplies from Russia.
“Obviously, we can’t avoid talking about the security situation in Europe, where Hungary’s position is absolutely clear,” Orban said in a radio interview ahead of the visit. “We care about peace.”
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