Biden denounces Russia at UN, says Putin “shamelessly violated” charter

President Biden condemns Russian President Vladimir Putin over war in Ukraine United Nations General Assembly In New York on Wednesday, he was telling world leaders that the attack was being carried out on the basis of the organization’s charter.

“As we meet today, the premise of a stable and just, rules-based order of the United Nations Charter is being attacked by those who seek to subvert or distort it for their own political gain,” Mr Biden said. Said in the second address as the Speaker of the Assembly. “And the Charter of the United Nations was signed not only by the democracies of the world. It was negotiated by citizens, with differing histories and ideologies, among dozens of nations, united in their commitment to working for peace. ”

Addressing the war in Ukraine, now in its seventh month, the president said that Putin “claims that he had to act because Russia was threatened, but no one threatened Russia, and no one other than Russia.” Didn’t even demand a struggle.”

“We speak clearly: a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has invaded his neighbor, attempting to wipe a sovereign state off the map,” Mr Biden said. “Russia has shamelessly violated the basic tenets of the United Nations Charter, which is no more important than the categorical prohibition against countries that take their neighbor’s territory by force.”

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President Biden addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on September 21, 2022.

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The president also announced a new US investment of $2.9 billion to address global food insecurity stemming from Russia’s aggression, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. So far this year, the US has already pledged $6.9 billion to address food insecurity. Mr Biden insisted that, contrary to Russian misinformation, US sanctions explicitly allow Russia to export food and fertilizers “without limitation”.

“It is Russia’s war that is increasing food insecurity. And only Russia can end it,” Mr. Biden said.

On Monday, Ukraine once again accused Putin’s regime of “nuclear terrorism” hit a Russian missile Close to a nuclear power plant in the south of the country. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled to address the General Assembly by video on Wednesday. Putin is not attending this meeting.

Putin on Wednesday Partial mobilization ordered Hundreds of thousands of additional Russian troops numbered, and hinted at the potential use of nuclear weapons, a potentially disastrous increase.

“To those who allow themselves such statements about Russia, I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction … and when the territorial integrity of our country is threatened. If so, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal,” Putin said in an address to the nation. “It’s not a hoax.”

At the United Nations, Mr Biden accused Putin of “making irresponsible threats to use nuclear weapons” and said “a nuclear war cannot be won, and should never be fought.”

Russia is also moving forward with plans to annex large parts of disputed Ukrainian territory through a referendum, which the US and Ukraine quickly dismissed as illegitimate.

“This world should see these outrageous acts for what they are,” Mr Biden said. “This war is about ending Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, plain and simple, 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 is “going to continue what we have been doing during the past six months. We are going to condemn Russia.” We’re going to ‘isolate Russia. It won’t be business as usual for the Russians here for the 77th UNGA here in New York’.

The president also stressed the United States’ efforts to tackle climate change, while mourning the deadly floods in Pakistan and the starvation-induced drought in the Horn of Africa.

“Families are faced with impossible choices, choosing which children to feed, and wondering if they survive,” Mr Biden said. “This is the human cost of climate change. And it is increasing, not decreasing.”

The US will always promote human rights, and will always defend the UN Charter, Mr Biden said, urging other countries to do the same.

“This institution, guided by the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is, at its core, an act of fearless hope,” he said. “I say again – it is an act of fearless hope. Think of the vision of the first delegates who accomplished an impossible task while the world was still smoldering. Think about how the people of the world experienced fresh grief. Out of millions of dead, the horrors of the Holocaust’s genocide were exposed. They had every right to believe only in the worst of humanity. Instead, they reached for the best in all of us, and they did some Tried to make it better.”

The president’s speech came a day later than originally planned, due to a trip to the United Kingdom for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. At the United Nations, Mr Biden will hold bilateral meetings with leaders of allies, including his first meeting with Britain’s newly installed Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Mr. Bidens addressed the General Assembly last year, his first as president, came as the US was completing the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Then, the president said the global community stood at “a turning point in history” amid the complex crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and other challenges.

Pamela Falk contributed reporting.

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