Russia slams US after UNSC meet, thanks India, China

United Nations: After India abstained from a procedural vote calling for a discussion on Ukraine — initiated by the US — at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on February 1, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy thanked the country publicly.

New Delhi finds itself attempting to balance the interests of both its partners — Washington and Moscow — in the unfolding situation along Ukraine’s borders.

“As we expected, it (the discussion) was nothing but a PR stunt, classic example of ‘megaphone diplomacy’. No facts, only allegations, and unsubstantiated claims. US diplomacy at its worst (thumbs down symbol),” Polyanskiy said on Twitter.

“Thanks to 4 of our colleagues,” he said, posting symbols of the flags of China, India, Kenya, and Gabon,” who were brave to withstand US hand-twisting before the vote”.

China voted against the motion to discuss the matter, while the other three countries abstained.

Russia has amassed 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders but denies allegations by the West, led by the US, that it is planning another invasion of Ukraine.. It has sought guarantees from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the West’s security alliance), that it will not expand to include Ukraine, and that it will roll back its presence and operations in Eastern Europe.

Although it abstained on the vote, India, via its Permanent Representative to the UN, T S Tirumurti, called for an “immediate de-escalation of tensions” taking into account the security concerns of all parties. It also called for “ quiet and constructive diplomacy.” The approach of both Washington and the West, as well as Moscow, has been high on rhetoric.

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