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U.S. lawmakers warn Russia about “mother of all sanctions” prior to UNSC meeting

Western nations and Ukrainian allies are preparing to confront Russia in a UN Security Council resolution on Monday, even though U.S. senators say they are very close to agreeing on a bill sanctioning Moscow for action in Kiev. is doing.

Ukrainian military personnel fire at a shooting range in Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, with a US-supplied M141 Bunker Defeet Munition (SMAW-D) grenade launcher. (Reuters)

The United States is working to increase diplomatic and financial pressure on Russia over Ukraine, saying that Capitol Hill lawmakers are approaching an agreement on “the mother of all sanctions”, making Moscow UN Security Council. Promised to be on the defensive at the Security Council.

The UN Ambassador said on Sunday that he was afraid that the Security Council would pressure Russia to discuss the rally of troops near Ukraine at its session on Monday and plan an invasion.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said in ABC’s “this week” about the United States and other council members, “By asking Russians for clarification, our voice is united.”

“We enter a room ready to hear them, but don’t get distracted by their promotion.”

Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, Oksana Marcarova, warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not just a single country, but a “attack on democracy.” It is true that some foreign policy leaders, including the Security Council, have urged President Joe Biden to do so.

“If Ukraine is further attacked by Russia, of course they will not stop in Ukraine,” Marcarova said in CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

UNSC action is unlikely

Given Russia’s veto and its relationship with other members of the Security Council, including China, there is little formal action by the Security Council.

However, the US introduction of Russia’s military buildup to the United Nations’ most powerful organization gives both sides a stage in their battle for global opinion.

With Russia’s gathering of an estimated 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, there are growing warnings from the West that Moscow is about to invade.

Russia has demanded that NATO never allow it to join the Ukrainian alliance, stop deploying NATO weapons near the Russian border, and promise to roll back troops from Eastern Europe. NATO and the United States call those demands impossible.

Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Russian Security Council, rejected Western warnings about the aggression on Sunday.

“At this point, they say Russia is threatening Ukraine-it’s completely ridiculous,” he was reportedly told by the state news agency Tass. “We don’t want war, we don’t need it at all.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba argued on Twitter: “If Russian officials take it seriously when they say they don’t want a new war, Russia must continue diplomatic involvement and withdraw its troops. It must not be. “

“Mother of all sanctions”

The United States and European countries say Russia’s aggression will cause heavy sanctions.

On Sunday, Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he wanted Russia to face “the mother of all sanctions” in the event of an attack.

This includes actions against Russian banks that could significantly damage the Russian economy and increase deadly aid to Ukrainian troops.

The sanctions under consideration are clearly stronger than the sanctions imposed after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. These penalties are considered ineffective.

Menendez also raised the possibility of preemptively imposing some penalties before the invasion.

A Democrat in New Jersey told CNN, “It could actually be done in advance because of what Russia is already doing: cyberattacks on Ukraine, false flag operations, and efforts to internally undermine the Ukrainian government. There are some sanctions that have been taken. “

The desire to financially hit Russia over the move in Ukraine was a rare area of ​​bipartisan agreement in parliament. But Republicans and Democrats are split at the timing of new sanctions packages.

Many Republicans want the United States to impose severe penalties immediately, rather than waiting for Russia to send new troops to Ukraine.

The Biden administration and many Democrats argue that imposing current sanctions on Putin will remove any deterrent to aggression.

Idaho Senator James Riche, a Republican Foreign Relations Commission ranking, told CNN that he was “carefully optimistic” that the Republicans and Democrats could resolve the difference in the timing of sanctions.

Russia has long been resentful of allowing NATO to join countries that were once part of the Soviet Union or were in the sphere of influence as members of the Warsaw Agreement.

Source: TRT World and distributors

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