U.S. Envoy Power: ‘Russia Is Not Listening’

28 August 2014
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power

Washington —“Russia has come before this council to say everything except the truth,” Ambassador Samantha Power, the United States’ top diplomat to the United Nations, tells the U.N. Security Council August 28.

“Instead of listening, instead of heeding the demands of the international community and the rules of the international order,” Russia has “outright lied” and must be judged by its actions rather that its words, she said.

Asserting that “Russia’s force along the border is the largest it has been since it began redeploying forces there in late May and includes significant numbers of combat aircraft and helicopters,” Power said Russia also is deploying advanced artillery and air defense systems into Ukrainian territory.

“Russia has to stop lying and has to stop fueling this conflict,” the U.S. envoy said. “The mask is coming off. In these acts — these recent acts — we see Russia’s actions for what they are: a deliberate effort to support, and now fight alongside, illegal separatists in another sovereign country.”

Power recounted how the United States, in close coordination with the European Union and the Group of 7 leading industrialized nations, has exerted targeted pressure on Russia to encourage it to de-escalate its action in Ukraine.

“Russia’s blatant disregard for the international order poses … a threat to all of our peace and security,” she said, asking, “What message are we sending to other countries with similarly alarming ambitions around the world, when we let Russia violate these rules without sufficient consequences? In the face of this threat, the cost of inaction is unacceptable.”

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