President Joe Biden’s shaky leadership is throwing diplomatic efforts at de-escalation between Russia and Ukraine into chaos.
The U.S. has now turned to the United Nations Security Council to intervene, Newsmax reports. The move comes as the White House scrambles to deal with the fallout of a garbled phone call in which Biden warned of an allegedly imminent attack.
“This is not a moment to wait and see”
Russia is adamant that Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, must never be allowed to join NATO, but the Biden administration and NATO have rejected this demand. Russia considers NATO expansion a threat and has blamed Western aggression for the tensions.
While Russia has upwards of 100,000 troops along the border with Ukraine, the Kremlin denies any plans to invade.
Biden’s ambassador to the U.N., Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has called for the U.N. Security Council, of which Russia is a permanent member with veto power, to meet Monday to discuss Russia’s “threatening behavior.”
“This is not a moment to wait and see. The council’s full attention is needed now, and we look forward to direct and purposeful discussion on Monday,” she said, according to Newsmax.
Biden sows confusion, panic
As the crisis builds, Biden’s doddering response — and the careless rhetoric of his aides — is only making things more dangerous. On a phone call Thursday with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky that reportedly “did not go well,” Biden warned of a “virtually certain” attack in February.
While both the United States and Ukraine have disputed the report, Zelensky reportedly complained Friday of Western leaders causing “panic” and appeared to take a dig at Biden, saying, “I’m the president of Ukraine, I’m based here and I think I know the details deeper than any other president.”
Ukrainian President Zelensky meeting with foreign media now. He says regarding the Russian threat and call with Biden yesterday, “I’m the president of Ukraine and I’m based here and I think I know the details better here.” pic.twitter.com/GEFgxa6VEv
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) January 28, 2022
War drums beating louder
Biden has already sent tons of armaments to Ukraine and has thousands of troops on standby to be deployed to Eastern Europe.
The diplomatic crisis remains gridlocked. “I don’t see any room for compromise here,” Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said, according to the Associated Press. “There won’t be a war as far as it depends on the Russian Federation, we don’t want a war,” he added. “But we won’t let our interests be rudely trampled on and ignored.”
In the meantime, the war drums continue to beat louder. Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Russia Friday to “stand down” or risk incurring a “very, very significant” military response.