Russia needs to stop clinging to the idea of reviving the Soviet Union, Ukraine ambassador says
"Russia needs to reinvent itself as a modern state," Vsevolod Chentsov, the Ukrainian ambassador to the EU, told CNBC Tuesday. "It's already gone," he said regarding the Soviet bloc which collapsed in 1991.Relations between the Kremlin and its European counterparts hit a low in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. And it has supported a pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country where low-level fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian troops has continued ever since.Now, U.S.
The Meeting Isolate Moscow is expected to take place on Monday, so as not to encroach on the telephone interview between Macron and Putin © Lev Radin / Pacific Press / Shutters UN Security Council Meeting on January 25, 2022 in New York. Diplomacy - The meeting supposed to isolate Moscow should take place Monday, so as not to encroach on the telephone interview between Macron and Putin
the diplomatic pressure intensifies. The United States announced Thursday in a statement having requested a public meeting of the UN Security Council on the crisis around Ukraine because of the threat posed by Russia on security and international peace.
EXPLAINER: What are US military options to help Ukraine?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is not planning to answer a further Russian invasion of Ukraine by sending combat troops. But he could pursue a range of less dramatic yet still risky military options, including supporting a post-invasion Ukrainian resistance. The rationale for not directly joining a Russia-Ukraine war is simple. The United States has no treaty obligation to Ukraine, and war with Russia would be an enormous gamble, given its potential for expanding in Europe, destabilizing the region, and escalating to the frightening point of risking a nuclear exchange. Doing too little has its risks, too.
"More than 100,000 Russian soldiers are deployed at the Ukrainian border and Russia delivers to other destabilization acts for Ukraine, which constitutes a clear threat to international peace and security and the Charter of Nations United, "said US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
"While we continue our incessant pursuit of diplomacy to defuse tensions in the face of this serious threat to European and global peace and security (...) Security Council members must examine without detour the facts," justified The diplomat in his statement. They must "consider what is at stake for Ukraine, for Russia, for Europe and for the fundamental obligations and principles of the international order if Russia further invaded Ukraine," she said , implicitly referring to Crimea annexed in 2014 by Russia.
U.S. rushes weapons into Ukraine as Biden predicts a Russian invasion
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is trying to keep NATO allies on the "same page" after Mr. Biden said it was his "guess" that Putin would order forces to "move in" to Ukraine."He has to do something," Mr. Biden said during a White House news conference, warning that if Putin did decide to invade his neighbor, Russia would suffer "consequential" loss of life. The president didn't elaborate on the level of military assistance the U.S. might offer Ukraine in the face of an invasion, but it came as his administration worked with NATO allies to bolster Ukraine's forces — and quickly.
Phone maintenance Macron-Putin Friday
Originally, the United States had hoped to be able to hold this meeting of the Security Council on Friday, according to diplomats. But, according to these sources, they agreed to retreat it to Monday not to interfere with a telephone interview scheduled Friday between the French and Russian presidents, Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin.
Monday will be the last day of Presidency of the Council by Norway, which will take the hand to Russia on Tuesday for February. Request a meeting next month would have been more complicated for the United States with a Russia master of the Council's agenda, notes a diplomat.
In mid-January, the United States had suggested that they heard the Security Council that after a possible military intervention in Ukraine, as was the case for Crimea.
Russian Veto Right
According to a diplomatic source, they changed their minds "to better prepare" to such a possibility. "When a military intervention occurs, she arrives quickly," explains this source under anonymity. A board meeting, "it's a bit of theater obviously," she recognized.
GOP Blames Biden for Russian Aggression. Don’t Forget About Trump.
As Russian President Vladimir Putin lays the groundwork for an invasion into Ukraine, Republicans in Congress have been laying the groundwork to blame President Joe Biden for failing to prevent an attack. But it’s former President Donald Trump, recently retired military officials and diplomats told The Daily Beast, who may bear more responsibility for the looming crisis with Russia than Biden. Trump, whose relationship with Russia has been famously complicated, pushed back on providing aid to Ukraine in 2017. Trump was reportedly resistant to providing the security aid, in part, because he wanted Ukraine to pay the United States back.
"This is not the time to wait and see. All the attention of the Board is required now, "says Thomas-Greenfield in his statement on Thursday Linda Thomas-Greenfield. In a recent interview with Romanian public television, she stressed that a seizure of the board would beolate Russia. "Even if it has a veto right, its isolation will be felt" faced a "united forehead," she felt.
"When we are united against the Russians, the power of veto is weakened," she thought of citing Crimea. "We got 13 votes in favor of actions against the Russians, an abstention and a no - it was the veto of Russia. They were completely and totally isolated, and we hope it will also be the case "this time, she added. MONDECONFLIT UKRAINE-RUSSIA: "If the escalation continues, we risk the largest land conflict since the Second World War"
Ukraine Advises Its Olympic Athletes to Not Take Photos With Russians in Beijing .
The Games are typically a way for athletes to use sport as unification, just as the five Olympic interlocking rings imply. © Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP via Getty Images Gold medalist Russia's Mariya Lasitskene (L) and bronze medalist Ukraine's Yaroslava Mahuchikh celebrate after the women's high jump final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 7, 2021. As war tensions mount between Russia and Ukraine, officials in Ukraine hope their athletes aren't locked arm in arm with their Russian rivals.