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FILE – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks to reporters during a press conference at United Nations Headquarters March 1, 2021. The United Nations Security Council is due to convene on Monday January 31, 2022 for the first time the Russian troop build-up and threatening actions against Ukraine at the request of the United States, and all key players are expected to clash in public over the possibility of an invasion Russian and its global impact. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The UN Security Council is due to meet Monday for the first time on Russian troop build-ups and threatening actions against Ukraine at the behest of the United States, and all key players are expected to clash in public over the possibility of a Russian invasion and its global impact.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Russia’s actions posed “a clear threat to international peace and security and the Charter of the United Nations”. Council members “must carefully consider the facts and 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 invades Ukraine “, she said Thursday when announcing the meeting.

Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, responded angrily, tweeting: “I can’t remember another occasion when a member of the SC (Security Council) offered to discuss his own allegations and baseless assumptions as a threat to someone else’s international (international) order. Let’s hope that other members of the UNSC will not support this clear publicity stunt shameful for the reputation of the UN Security Council.

Polyansky’s reaction indicated that Russia could start the meeting by asking for a procedural vote on whether to move forward. To block the meeting, Russia would need the support of nine of the 15 members.

A senior Biden administration official said the United States was in regular contact with council members and was “confident” there was “more than enough support” to organize the meeting.

“This goes right to the heart of the role of the Security Council itself,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. “This preventive diplomacy is exactly what the Council is supposed to do, and I think member states understand that.”

Russia’s muster of around 100,000 troops near the border with Ukraine has brought increasingly loud warnings from the West that Moscow intends to invade. Russia demands that NATO promise never to allow Ukraine to join the alliance, and to stop the deployment of NATO weapons near Russian borders and to withdraw its forces from Eastern Europe East. NATO and the United States call these demands impossible.

Assuming the meeting continues, the council will first hear a briefing from a senior UN official, followed by statements from its 15 members, including Russia, the United States and European members France, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Albania. According to the rules of the council, Ukraine will also speak.

Chinese Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun, whose country has close ties with Russia, said Beijing backed Moscow in its opposition to a council meeting.

“Both parties have shown their willingness to continue their negotiations,” he told several reporters on Friday. “Let them settle differences through dialogue, through negotiation.”

“Russia has made it clear that it has no intention of having a war” and the Security Council should “help de-escalate the situation instead of adding fuel to the fire”, said Zhang.

Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev on Sunday dismissed Western warnings of an invasion.

“Right now they are saying that Russia is threatening Ukraine – it’s completely ridiculous,” he told the official Tass news agency. “We don’t want war and we don’t need it at all.”

Thomas-Greenfield said of USA and the other board members on ABC’s ‘This Week’ on Sunday, “We come into the room ready to listen to them, but we’re not going to be distracted. by their propaganda.

“This is a time when we want to see calm,” said Irish UN ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, whose country sits on the council for a two-year term. “We want to see de-escalation, diplomacy and dialogue. This is what we prefer given the current circumstances.


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