Harsh rhetoric and mutual accusations between the West and Russia is already commonplace at UN Security Council meetings. Former US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, has been particularly vocal in her accusations against Russia over the situation in Ukraine and Syria, but Russia has responded in a similar fashion.
At the latest UNSC meeting in New York, Moscow’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, delivered scathing remarks to his British counterpart, Matthew Rycroft.
As for the position of the UK representative, I would liket to advise: give back the Malvinas [Falkland] Islands, give back Gibraltar, return the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean, which you turned into a huge military base.
Then, perhaps, your conscience will be a little cleaner and you can hold forth on other topics.
Churkin responded to criticism against Russia over the situation in Ukraine. The West has accused Russia of violating the international law and sending troops and weapons to pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine, as well as 2014 annexation of Crimea.
Moscow has denied Western accusations over its involvement in the conflict in Ukraine. At the same time, high ranking Russian officials continue to blame the EU and the US for supporting the 2014 overthrow of Viktor Yanukovych, and their backing of the current regime in Kiev.
I can only remind you that everything began with a coup, largely supported from outside the country.
Churkin said, speaking about the events of February 2014.
Tensions between NATO and Russia remain dangerously high, with NATO amassing troops and military equipment in Poland and other Eastern European countries – a move that Moscow sees as a threat to its national security.
During a recent speech, British defense secretary said that: “The UK must engage with Russia military to military.”
Adding to the already poor relations between Russia and the West is the uncertainty of future foreign policy of the Trump administration.
Regardless of the possible change in approach of US foreign policy under Trump, Russia/West relations will remain on their lowest since the Cold War.