NEW YORK CITY — The current Ukraine-Russia crisis is expected to dominate today’s U.N. Security Council meeting on the agreement about the last Russia-backed crisis in Ukraine eight years ago.
The Security Council holds its annual meeting on the Minsk agreement, which helped end the worst of the fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Russia will chair the meeting that comes as more than 100,000 Russian troops are massed on three sides of Ukraine.
The White House still believes Russia could attack Ukraine at any time.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters an attack could come in many forms and layers. She said the “door continues to be open to diplomacy” with Russia. Psaki also noted that widespread cyber attacks in Ukraine are right out of Russia’s playbook.
Psaki expressed skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim about withdrawing some troops from the Ukraine border. The U.S. and NATO have not been able to verify the claim.
In fact, the U.S. is accusing Russia of adding about 7,000 more troops along the Ukrainian border in recent days.
Meantime, Psaki said the U.S. has been in touch with allies and oil suppliers about how a Russian invasion may affect global energy prices.