How Russia Will Explain its Military Buildup to the UN - US Called ​UN Security Council on Monday

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BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles of the Russian Southern Military District's 150th Rifle Division take part in a military exercise at Kadamovsky Range, in the Rostov region of Russia, near Ukraine, Jan. 27, 2022. TASS VIA GETTY IMAGES / ERIK ROMANENKO
BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles of the Russian Southern Military District's 150th Rifle Division take part in a military exercise at Kadamovsky Range, in the Rostov region of Russia, near Ukraine, Jan. 27, 2022. TASS VIA GETTY IMAGES / ERIK ROMANENKO

The United States is demanding that Russia explain its military buildup near Ukraine at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Monday

DefenseOne reports citing senior U.S. administration officials.

The meeting, which was called by the United States, will follow weeks of attempts at diplomacy aimed at easing tensions. Previous efforts have involved NATO as well as bilateral and multilateral meetings by the United States, Europe, Ukraine and Russia.

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US called UN Security Council on Monday, How Would Russia Explain its Military Buildup to the UN, Defense Express
Russian troops had begun arriving in Belarus for military drills announced against the backdrop of tensions between the West and Russia over neighbouring Ukraine

“We believe that the situation on the ground requires us to engage in preventive diplomacy to avoid a crisis before it is upon us,” a senior US administration official said on Friday, 28 January. “It would be a dereliction of the Security Council’s duties to take a wait-and see-approach. In this instance, the council’s full attention is needed now.”

The United States called the meeting to allow Russia the opportunity to explain why it is massing more than 100,000 troops and military equipment on the border with Ukraine, the official said. Officials will be prepared to counter any lies from Moscow, such as the idea that Ukraine and NATO are the aggressors in this situation and provoking Russian retaliation, the senior administration official said.

US called UN Security Council on Monday, How Would Russia Explain its Military Buildup to the UN, Defense Express
Satellite image shows self propelled artillery and other equipment amid the presence of a large ground forces deployment

The U.S. official said other members of the Security Council will have the chance at the meeting to condemn Russia’s actions in a public forum.

“This is a really important opportunity for all the world’s powers to be on the record about whether they see a path forward for diplomacy or whether they would prefer to see a path towards conflict,” the official said. “That’s what we’re hoping and expecting to hear from council members during the session.”

As Defense Express reported, Ukrainian and US intelligence indicates Russia preparing operation to justify invasion of Ukraine. At the same time USA approved additional $200 mln in security aid to Ukraine and several planeloads of U.S. military aid landed at Boryspil airport in Ukraine.

US called UN Security Council on Monday, How Would Russia Explain its Military Buildup to the UN, Defense Express
The United States and NATO are concerned over Russia's military build-up near Ukraine border
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