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UN Security Council Not Helping Resolve Kerch Strait Crisis, Declares Russian Envoy Polyanskiy

Nov. 26, 2018 (EIRNS)—The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is not helping resolve the problem around the Kerch Strait incident, Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy told the emergency session yesterday, TASS reported today.

The UNSC had earlier rejected the Russian-proposed agenda for the meeting regarding Ukraine’s violation of the Russian border in the Sea of Azov. The Kerch Strait separates the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov between the Taman Peninsula on the Russian mainland and Crimea. Russia charged yesterday that three Ukrainian warships illegally crossed Russia’s state border entering its territorial waters, and were carrying out dangerous maneuvers, reported TASS Nov. 25.

Polyanskiy continued, “You are now more concerned not with how to resolve the problem, but with which agenda to pick for today’s session,” Polyanskiy said. “To be honest, this reminds of the confrontation on the playground.”

According to him, the confrontation in the Kerch Strait

“has been planned in advance with absolute connivance of Western countries, which already gave de facto permission to their Kiev mentees for any actions.”

“As we are getting closer to [the Ukrainian presidential] election scheduled for March, the bankrupt Maidan team needs a serious escalation, and ideally war,”

the diplomat said, adding that, without this, they will not be re-elected.

“Another dose of ‘anti-Russian fever’ is needed so that people, who have been becoming poorer over the last five years, believe once again that Russia is to blame for all their misfortunes, not their government and their Western ‘puppeteers,’ ”

Polyanskiy said.

The diplomat advised his listeners “not to worry” about Russia’s state borders: “Our country has never struck first, but can defend itself. The population of Crimea is under good protection, just like the populations of other Russian regions.”

Addressing his Western colleagues, Polyanskiy said that their five-year “anti-Russian political project, which could simply be called ‘Anti-Russia,’ is currently crumbling in front of everybody.” “You all know very well the real, not declared rates of ‘Maidan reforms’ and other dangerous and destructive processes that push Ukraine closer to the edge,” he said.