Russia facing UN showdown over Crimea
Diplomats drafting security council resolution in attempt to internationally isolate Moscow, Al Jazeera has learned.
Last updated: 14 Mar 2014 03:39
|Western diplomats are preparing a draft resolution against Russian actions in the Crimea in an attempt to isolate Moscow over its action in Ukraine, Al Jazeera has learned. |
Al Jazeera’s diplomatic editor, James Bays, said he was informed by diplomats on Thursday that the US was to circulate the draft at the end of a Security Council meeting on Syria.
It would be put to a vote on either Friday or Saturday, a day before a planned referendum asking Crimeans if they wished to leave Ukraine and join the Russian Federation – a vote Western powers have described as illegal.
He said that while Russia would use its permanent council status to veto any resolution, the draft would be significant if it gained support from members of the council and showed Moscow is isolated in the international community.
Since then the peninsula has seen clashes between groups whose loyalties are divided between Moscow and Kiev. A deteriorating security situation, with armed men taking over military installations, has caused alarm in Europe and the US.
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