The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) recently held a meeting over the developing situation in Eastern Europe between North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allied countries there and the Russian Federation. One of the many meetings in the council’s history, this one was preceded by harsh Kremlin rhetoric about Western Media and countries’ reactions to their association in Ukraine. Top Kremlin officials claimed that the United States (US) was “Provoking Hysteria” over the issues in Ukraine. At the end of the meeting, US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, stated that “We didn’t hear much. They didn’t give us answers that any of us would have hoped for.” The meeting was reportedly very tense between the two superpowers, with Russian and American ambassadors exchanging tense words and insults. Ukrainian Representatives were also present, however, they had very little time to speak at the meeting.
A United Nations Security Council meeting in progress (UN Photo/Kim Haughton)
The current Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, denied multiple claims against the Russian government about their intentions to invade Ukraine, saying that “You want this war to happen for your own benefit”. The Russian Ambassador also stated that the US Governments support of Ukraine was supporting a “Nazi and Republican regime”. The US had originally summoned together the meeting about discussing “threats to international peace and security” related to Russia’s military buildup on the Ukrainian border. A Russian Delegation to the UN condemned the meeting afterwards as a “Piece of US megaphone diplomacy” against the Russian government. Both nations currently stand at a Diplomatic Impasse, as both the Russian and American governments refuse to compromise with the other to preserve their international prestige. Ukraine is still under active threats of Russian invasion.