The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine will be on the menu at a UN Security Council meeting requested by the United States on Monday. This weekend, Russia was threatened by new sanctions.
The UN Security Council meets on Monday, January 31 Ukrainian crisis At Washington’s request, it and its NATO allies are intensifying efforts to prevent Moscow from invading Ukraine, while preparing new sanctions against Russia.
“More than 100,000 Russian troops are stationed on the Ukrainian border and Russia is engaged in other acts of instability targeting Ukraine, which is a clear threat to international peace and security and the UN Charter,” the US said a few days ago. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
In the face of the threat of an invasion, Kiev on Sunday called on Russia to withdraw its troops concentrated on the border between the two countries and continue talks with the West if it wants to “seriously” defuse tensions.
Strict restrictions have been imposed
Meanwhile, the United States and the United Kingdom have threatened new sanctions against Russia. London has indicated it wants to target Russian interests “directly interested in the Kremlin.” In Washington, two elected Democrats and Republicans said Congress was close to agreeing to a new bill imposing sanctions against Russia.
The United Kingdom and the United States plan to target the strategic Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany or Russia’s access to transactions in dollars, the main currency of international trade, in the arsenal of sanctions mentioned.
Faced with the possibility of these new sanctions, Moscow demanded that Washington be treated equally. “We want good, fair, mutual respect and equal relations with the United States, like any other country in the world,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on television. He went on to say that Russia “does not want to continue to violate (its) security.”
“We will not be distracted”
On Monday, Russia will probably try to prevent the 15-member council from holding a meeting, “but the Security Council is united. Our voices are united so that the Russians can explain themselves,” the ABC ambassador said on Sunday. UN “We will enter the room ready to listen to what they have to say, but we will not be distracted by their propaganda,” he added. “We are ready to respond to any misinformation they try to spread during this meeting.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will propose to NATO this week to send troops to retaliate against “anti-Russian sentiment” against Ukraine. An announcement was made by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kouleba, both praising the British “leadership”.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, his German counterpart Annalena Beerbock and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki are expected in Kiev this week.
Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand, who is providing military assistance to Ukraine, arrived there on Sunday on a two-day visit. He announced the move of Canadian troops to western Ukraine and the temporary repatriation of all non-essential staff stationed at his embassy in Kiev.