Blinken to deliver address on ‘Russian threat to peace and security’ at UN Security Council

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will deliver remarks on Russia’s growing threat of conflict on the Ukrainian border at the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, a remark that comes amid growing rhetoric from U.S. officials that Moscow may launch an invasion at any time.

Russia could use the Security Council meeting to make its case for an invasion of Ukraine, a senior Biden administration official told reporters on a conference call Thursday morning. US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield told reporters on that same conference call that there is evidence that “Russia is headed for an imminent invasion.”

Greenfield said Russia was making false claims of unmarked civilian graves killed by Ukrainian forces, which Russia could use as a false pretext to attack Ukraine.

Blinken said on Wednesday that the United States had seen no “meaningful withdrawal” of Russian troops to the Ukrainian border – echoing similar remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – despite Kremlin claims that he had withdrawn some troops.


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