President Biden denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin over the war in Ukraine inIn New York on Wednesday, to tell world leaders that the very foundation of the organization’s charter is under attack.
“As we meet today, the foundation of the United Nations Charter for a stable, just and rules-based order is under attack by those who wish to demolish it or distort it in their political interest,” Biden said in his second speech. to the Assembly as President. “And the UN Charter has not only been signed by the world’s democracies. It has been negotiated between citizens, dozens of nations, with vastly different histories and ideologies, united in their commitment to work for peace.”
Speaking about the war in Ukraine, now in its seventh month, the president said that Putin “claims he should have acted because Russia is threatened, but no one has threatened Russia, and no one but Russia is seeking conflict.”
“Let’s talk frankly: a permanent member of the UN Security Council invaded its neighbor, tried to wipe a sovereign country off the map,” Mr. Biden said. “Russia has shamelessly violated the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, nothing more important than the clear prohibition against states seizing the territory of its neighbor by force.”
The President also announced a new US investment of $2.9 billion to address global food insecurity caused by Russian aggression, the COVID-19 pandemic, and climate change. The money comes on top of the $6.9 billion the United States has already pledged to tackle food insecurity so far this year. Mr. Biden emphasized that, contrary to Russian misinformation, US sanctions expressly allow Russia to export food and fertilizer “without restrictions.”
“It is Russia’s war that is exacerbating food insecurity,” Biden said. “Only Russia can end it.”
On Monday, Ukraine accused the Putin regime again of “nuclear terrorism” afterNear a nuclear power plant in the south of the country. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled to address the General Assembly by video on Wednesday. Putin will not attend the meeting.
Wednesday, PutinHundreds of thousands of additional Russian troops, and hinted at the possible use of nuclear weapons, a potentially catastrophic escalation.
“To those who allow themselves such statements about Russia, I would like to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction … And when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal,” Putin said in an address to the nation. “This is not a hoax.”
At the United Nations, Mr. Biden accused Putin of “issuing irresponsible threats to use nuclear weapons” and said “a nuclear war cannot be won, and it should never be fought.”
Russia is also pressing ahead with plans to annex large parts of the disputed Ukrainian territory through the use of referendums that the United States and Ukraine quickly rejected as illegitimate.
“This world should see these terrible acts for what they are,” Biden said. “This war is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, simply and simply, and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people.”
In an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield said the US “will continue to do what we have been doing for the past six months. We will condemn Russia. We will isolate Russia. It will not be business as usual for the Russians.” Here in New York at the seventy-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly.”
The president also emphasized US efforts to combat climate change, while lamenting the deadly floods in Pakistan and the drought that caused famine in the Horn of Africa.
“Families are faced with impossible choices, choosing which child to feed, and the question of whether they are alive,” Mr. Biden said. “This is the human cost of climate change. It is increasing, not decreasing.”
Mr. Biden said the United States will always advance human rights, will always defend the United Nations Charter, and urged other countries to follow suit.
“This institution, guided by the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is at its core, a work of great hope,” he said. “Let me say it again – it is an act of brave hope. Think of the vision of those early delegates who took on an impossible task while the world was still ablaze. Think of how divided the people of the world felt at the new grief of millions of dead, atrocities revealed. The genocide of the Holocaust. They had every right to believe only the worst of humanity. Instead, they came up with the best in all of us, and strived to build something better.”
The president’s speech came a day later than originally scheduled, due to him traveling to the United Kingdom for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. At the United Nations, Biden will hold bilateral meetings with leaders of allied nations, including his first meeting with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss.
Mr. BidenHis first position as president came as the United States was completing its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Then, the president said the global community is standing at an “inflection point in history” amid the deepening crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and other challenges.
Pamela Falk contributed to the report.