Status: 01/31/2022 05:33 am
From the US point of view, the deployment of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine threatens international peace. The UN’s top decision-making body is now advising on the situation.
Washington’s UN For Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the Security Council meeting was very important. He says in an interview with the ABC television channel that this day offers the Russians another opportunity on the diplomatic path. The US diplomat insists that the Security Council is united.
“Together we ask the Russians to explain themselves,” he says. “We go to the room ready to listen to what they have to say, but we are not distracted by their propaganda and ready to respond to any misinformation.”
For their part, the United States and its allies would like to record one thing at this meeting: they believe Russia is a threat to international security. Through the deportation of about 100,000 soldiers and their maneuvers, Moscow is threatening Ukraine with violence, thus making the UN. Violates the charter.
Disunity Security Council
The United States does not accept Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial. “If you do not want to use 100,000 troops, do not use them,” said Thomas-Greenfield.
But it is questionable whether the US and its Western allies can send a strong enough signal to Russia. Because the voice of the Security Council is not as united as Thomas-Greenfield swears. China, for example, a strategic ally of Moscow, kept its position open until the last minute.
It is not the only member state, says Richard Cowan, a UN expert on the Crisis Group’s think tank: “For example, China, India and Brazil are very reluctant to issue vague statements at the meeting. They are always worried that they may get stuck in the line.
Russia cannot prevent the session
Ukraine, which is not currently a member of the Security Council, has also been invited to speak at the session. Last minute meeting – a day before Russia takes over the rotating presidency for a month, thus often setting the agenda.
US Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield says Moscow’s permanent representatives will not be able to prevent today’s meeting: “Russia will not prevent the Security Council from holding this session. They will certainly try. They will try to divert us from our united voice.
Can UN observers imagine?
The General Assembly, which is unable to pass any resolutions, will deal with the issue several times in the coming weeks. Many diplomats say the conflict cannot be resolved at the UN level. But the United Nations can certainly go aggressively with a relaxation process.
UN expert Cowan agrees: “Since the Ukraine crisis in 2014, there have always been suggestions that the final resolution on eastern Ukraine could lead to the deployment of UN blue helmets.”
If the current situation eases again, it cannot be ruled out that Moscow and Ukraine will ask the United Nations to send UN observers to the region in support of a possible diplomatic solution.
UN warns of threat to world peace over Ukraine crisis
Antje Passenheim, ARD New York, 31.1.2022 6:10 am
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