Acting to escalate diplomatic pressure on Russia, the United States requested an open meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Monday to discuss the concentration of Russian military forces on Ukraine’s border with Ukraine. Russia and Belarus.
The meeting of the council, the UN’s most powerful body, will be held a day before Russia takes over the monthly rotating presidency from Norway, a strong US ally and NATO member.
US Ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said in a statement On Thursday, the United States, in consultation with other unspecified members of the council and with Ukraine, requested the meeting to “discuss an issue of vital importance to peace and security.” international security: Russia’s threatening behavior towards Ukraine and the Russian military build-up on the Borders of Ukraine and in Belarus. ”
Security Council members, the ambassador said, “must look carefully at the facts and consider what is at stake for Ukraine, for Russia, for Europe, as well as obligations and causes core principles of the international order if Russia continues to invade Ukraine.”
“This is not the time to wait and see,” she said.
The meeting comes amid growing signs that Russia, seeking to consolidate its sphere of influence, is preparing a military invasion of Ukraine to pressure NATO forces to withdrew from Eastern Europe and the union promised never to admit Ukraine as a member. The prospects for diplomatic efforts to prevent a Russian invasion remain unclear.
Any possible action to criticize Russia’s behavior by the Security Council would almost certainly be blocked by Russia, which has veto power as one of the five permanent members, along with the UK. , China, France and America. But an open debate in the 15-member council, broadcast live on the United Nations website, could plunge Russia into embarrassing isolation.
Russia’s UN mission had no immediate response to the meeting schedule. But Russia has repeatedly criticized the United States and its allies for its portrayal of the Ukraine crisis as Russian cruelty. China, a Russian ally on the council, has called on Western nations to listen to Russia’s concerns.
“The United States breeds fear of Russia in its own people and people of like-minded countries, always talking about the Russian military build-up as the root cause of all problems,” the mission said. Russia said in a statement beginning of the week. “However, in saying this, the United States forgot to mention that it is Russian forces deployed on Russian territory. This is in contrast to the US and NATO weapons and countless advisers that Ukraine and other countries in the vicinity of the Russian border are flooding with.”
Most non-permanent members of the council would be unlikely to support Russia in a debate over Ukraine. In addition to Norway, they have: Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.
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