UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday there needs to be greater internatio-nal pressure on Russia to abide by a ceasefire in Ukraine, as Russia denied it was a threat to its neighbour.
The 15-member council held its 26th meeting on Ukraine. A ceasefire agreed by pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine on September 5 in the Belarussian capital of Minsk is now all but dead and Western fears of a return to all-out conflict are growing.
Ukraine said on Wednesday it was redeploying troops in the east because of fears separatists will launch a new military offensive, despite Russia’s denials it sent troops to reinforce the rebels.
“What we need to do is keep ratcheting up the pressure on Russia until it abides by Minsk and chooses the path of de-escalation,” US Ambassa-dor to the United Nations, Samantha Power, told the Security Council.
The United States and the European Union started imposing economic sanctions on Moscow in response to Russia’s seizure of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in March, a month after the overthrow of a Moscow-backed president in Kiev after protests.