The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wants to prevent the Russian invasion into Ukraine. He urges Russia to use diplomacy.
The news: During the annual Security Council meeting, Russia was asked to focus on the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which aimed to restore peace to eastern Ukraine. Since Moscow’s invasion of Crimea in 2014, Russian-backed separatists have been at odds with government forces in this region.
- Here, Blinken gave a speech to the Security Council, during which he said, “I am here today not to start a war, but to prevent one.”
- He further added that as per the US information, it shows that there are more than 150,000 troops that Russia has amassed around Ukraine. “They are preparing to launch an attack against Ukraine in the coming days,” he said.
What’s going on: Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin spoke right before Blinken, but he did not mention the military build-up on Ukraine’s borders.
- Vershinin accused Ukraine of failing to implement the Minsk Agreements, which he described as “the only legal basis for resolving the civil conflicts in Ukraine’s east.”
- He then accused Ukraine’s “Western sponsors” of supporting the government, accusing them of pushing “the Ukrainian hotheads to new excuses and military adventures against their own people.”
- “Many millions in (eastern) Donbass are still presented as foreigners in their own country. They have automatic rifles, sniper rifles, Howitzers and strike drones targeted at them,” Vershinin said.
- What are they saying: Blinken also said that the world can expect Russia to manufacture a pretext for its attack, possibly fabricating a terrorist bombing inside Russia, inventing the discovery of a mass grave, staging a drone strike against civilians or a fake or real attack using chemical weapons.
- In the past few days, Russian media has already begun to spread some of these false alarms and claims, to maximize public outrage,”.