US President Joe Biden began his address to the United Nations General Assembly by listing some of the challenges facing countries around the world, including food insecurity, conflict and natural disasters. He then turned to Ukraine, saying that “in the last year our world has experienced great turmoil” and a “brutal and unnecessary war chosen by one man.
The Russian war consists of terminate Ukraine’s right to “exist as a state, as a people,” continued the US president. “Just before he invaded, Putin declared, and I quote, ‘Ukraine was created by Russia’ and never had quote marks ‘real state’. And now we see attacks on schools, train stations, hospitals… even more horrific evidence of Russia’s crimes.” The US president also makes reference to the recently discovered mass grave in Izium, which he said “showed signs of torture”.
Biden said the US wants this war to end on “fair terms”: “on the terms that we all signed on to, where you can’t take over a nation’s territory by choice.” “The only country that stands in the way is Russia,” he says. He assures that the members of the UN must be “clear, firm and unwavering in our determination”. “Ukraine has the same rights that belong to all sovereign nations. We will stand in solidarity with Ukraine and against Russian aggression. Period », she snapped.
Likewise, Biden rejected the use of violence and war to conquer nations and “expanding borders through bloodshed.” Furthermore, it adds that defending the sovereign rights of smaller nations as equal to those of larger ones, embracing the basic principles of freedom of navigation and respecting international law is the common ground on which the nations of the UN must stand. .
Condemns the use of energy as a weapon
“No country can use energy as a weapon”, he said in clear reference to the energy crisis triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Biden explained that the United States is working with other countries around the world to protect nations “from coercion or domination, and to ensure that no country can use energy as a weapon.”
He also added that the US is calling on major global creditors to “transparently negotiate debt relief” and “prevent broader economic and political crises around the world.”
“A nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought”, Biden concluded his speech, alluding to the use of nuclear weapons that Putin announced this morning. President Biden urges all nations to recommit to strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime through diplomacy. “No matter what else is happening in the world, the United States stands ready to apply critical arms control measures,” he said. He reiterated that Russia is making irresponsible threats to use weapons.
«We are not passive witnesses of History», concluded Biden before the UN. He ended his speech by talking about the need for countries around the world to uphold human rights. “The future will be won by those countries that unleash the full potential of populations,” she tells the UN General Assembly. Similarly, he acknowledged that “the challenges we face today are really great.”