United Nations, USA/Moscow. Russia said yesterday at the UN Security Council that the United States wants to “stir up hysteria” after being accused of wanting to increase its military presence on Ukraine’s borders.
For her part, the US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told the Security Council that Russia will reinforce its troops on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border in the coming days.
The above occurs during a session of the UN Security Council on the crisis in Ukraine which Russia wanted to go behind closed doors.
China joined Russia in voting against an open session, while India, Gabon and Kenya abstained and the remaining 10 members, including Mexico, supported keeping the meeting open.
The Chinese alliance with Russia grows.
Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia urged the 15 members to oppose the opening of the session, denouncing what he called “megaphone diplomacy.”
Before the meeting, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said his government was opposed to an open meeting, explaining: “This is really the right time to call for calm diplomacy.”
During the meeting, the US ambassador commented that Russia mobilizes thousands of soldiers to the border with Belarus: “We have evidence that Russia intends to reinforce its presence with more than 30,000 soldiers near the Belarusian border with Ukraine, less than two hours a north of Kiev by the beginning of February”.
“If Russia invades Ukraine, none of us will be able to say we didn’t see it coming and the consequences would be horrible.”
The representative of Mexico to the United Nations, Juan Ramón de la Fuente, commented that “there is no military solution for Ukraine.” The Mexican commented that Mexico’s interest is not to polarize the environment, and asked that the conflict be resolved through the “prohibition of the use of force” to avoid equivocal acts. The commitment of the Mexican Government is through the peaceful settlement of disputes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone yesterday for the second time in four days about tensions in Ukraine and security concerns, the Kremlin said.
“The exchange of views continued on the situation around Ukraine and issues related to providing Russia with long-term and legally established security guarantees,” the Russian presidency said in a statement released after the call.
According to the Kremlin, Putin “again mentioned in detail the principled approaches to these problems.
The two leaders, who had already spoken on Friday, agreed to continue contacts by phone but also, according to the Kremlin, to study “the possibility” of meeting in person.
According to the French presidency, this Monday’s exchange is the continuation of Macron’s conversations with Putin and Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski on January 28 and is part of the logic of “de-escalation”.