US and Russia at loggerheads in UN Security Council over Ukrainian conflict
The US and Russia traded accusations over the conflict in Ukraine at a testy UN Security Council meeting on February 23.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Security Council has become a tool for "rubber-stamping" decisions taken by Western countries, Radio Liberty reported. He accused the United States of "questionable practices" - referring to what he called "the unconstitutional coup in Ukraine a year ago.”
US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, in turn, accused Moscow of violating the UN Charter, which is manifested in training, arming and waging war together with the separatists who have seized control of part of the territory of Ukraine.
Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, who personally represented Ukraine in the Security Council, said that Russia "has unleashed a hybrid war" against his country, and added that Kyiv could request a UN peacekeeping mission to help enforce a ceasefire in the east.