US President Joe Biden, speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, strongly rebuked Russia’s “cruel, unnecessary war” in Ukraine.
He said Moscow “blatantly” violated the UN charter with the invasion.
“If nations can pursue their imperial ambitions without consequence, we are risking everything this institution stands for,” he said.
Biden’s speech to the UN comes just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered reservists to report for duty to fight the war in Ukraine.
He also said Putin’s nuclear threats against Europe showed a “reckless disregard” for his country’s responsibilities as a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
“We will stand in solidarity against the Russian aggression. Period,” he vowed.
The US leader urged world leaders to show “clear, firm and unwavering” determination against the war.
“This is war is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right as a state…and as a people,” he said.
Biden Announces New Global Food Security Assistance
He also announced $2.9 billion in global food security assistance to address the shortages caused by the war in Ukraine and the effects of climate change.
The White House said $2 billion in direct humanitarian aid would be distributed through the United States Agency for International Development.
The rest of the money will go to global development projects designed to increase the efficiency and resilience of the global food supply.
Biden on US-China tensions: ‘We are not looking for conflict’
Biden also spoke about ongoing tensions between the US and China following Chairman Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
“Let me be direct about the competition between the United States and China,” Biden said. “If we manage the shifting geopolitical trends, the United States will act like a reasonable leader. We’re not looking for conflict, we’re not looking for a Cold War.”
The president said the US will not force countries to take sides between Washington and Beijing.
In addition, Biden said the US supports expanding the UN Security Council to better represent areas including Africa and Latin America.
“This includes permanent seats for the countries we have long supported – permanent seats for countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The United States is committed to this crucial work,” he added.
In a break with tradition, Biden came on the second day of the annual high-level diplomatic event in place of the first, the delay due to Biden’s attendance at Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral in London on Monday.
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