Russia, US exchange accusations over Ukraine

Russia, US exchange accusations over Ukraine

Russia on Monday accused the West of “increasing tensions” over Ukraine and said the US had brought “pure Nazis” to power in Kiev as the UN Security Council launched a stormy attack on Moscow’s military build-up near its southern neighbor. and had an aggressive debate.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Russia’s growing military force of more than 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders was the “biggest mobilization” in Europe in decades, adding that cyberattacks and Russian propaganda have increased .

“And they are trying to portray Ukraine and the West as attackers, without any factual basis, to make excuses for the attack,” she said.

The harsh exchanges at the Security Council came as Moscow lost an attempt to block the meeting and reflected the gulf between the two nuclear powers. It was the first open session where all the heroes of the Ukraine crisis spoke publicly, even though the most powerful UN body took no action.

Hours later, the Russian government sent a written response to a US proposal aimed at mitigating the crisis, according to three Biden administration officials. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity. A State Department official declined to give details of the response, saying it would be “unproductive to negotiate publicly” and that they would leave it to Russia to discuss counterproposals.

Russia refuses to respond to US offer

A Russian diplomat on Tuesday, however, denied reports that Moscow had sent a written response to Washington on a US proposal aimed at mitigating the Ukraine crisis.

But Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Russia’s state RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday that it was “not true.” The agency, citing an unnamed senior diplomat in the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sent a message to his Western allies, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, about the “principle of the indivisibility of security”, but did not respond. for Washington’s proposals.

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