Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya said at a UN meeting there was no proof that Russia was planning military action against Ukraine.
He noted that Russia often deployed troops on its own territory and that this was none of Washington’s business.
Mr. Nebenzya further said the Biden administration was “whipping up tensions and rhetoric, and provoking escalation.”
Earlier, Russia tried to block the open session of the UN body but was outvoted by 10 votes to two.
“This isn’t just unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of our state, it’s also an attempt to mislead the international community about the true situation in the region and the reasons for the current global tensions,” he said.
Meanwhile, U.S. representative Ms. Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the US continues to support a diplomatic solution but warned that the US would act decisively if Russia invaded Ukraine, the consequences of which would be “horrific.”
“This is the largest… mobilization of troops in Europe in decades,” she said.
“And as we speak, Russia is sending even more forces and arms to join them.”
Moscow was planning to increase its force deployed in neighboring Belarus, on Ukraine’s northern border, to 30,000, the U.S Ambassador added.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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