Biden at UN Calls Russian War an Offense to Charter of the Body

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NEW YORK (TBEN) – President Joe Biden is ready to plead with world leaders at the UN General Assembly that Russia’s “naked aggression” in Ukraine is an affront to the very heart of what the international body stands for as he strives gather allies to remain steadfast in supporting the Ukrainian resistance.

During his time at the UN General Assembly, Biden also planned to meet with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Wednesday, announcing a global food security initiative and urging allies to reach a $$ target. 18 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

But White House officials say the crux of the president’s visit to the UN this year would be a full condemnation of Russia as its brutal war approaches seven months.

“He will strongly rebuke Russia’s unjust war in Ukraine and call on the world to continue to resist the naked aggression we have seen in recent months,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a preview. the address of the chairman. He will underline the importance of strengthening the United Nations and reaffirming the core principles of its charter at a time when a permanent member of the Security Council has touched the core of the charter by challenging the principle of territorial integrity and sovereignty. ”

The speech comes as the Russian-controlled regions of eastern and southern Ukraine have announced plans to hold Kremllin-backed referendums on Russia’s accession in the coming days and as Moscow loses ground in the invasion. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization on Wednesday to call up 300,000 reservists and accused the West of “nuclear blackmail.”

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Biden will face no shortage of tough issues as leaders meet this year.

President Joe Biden waves as he disembarks from Air Force One at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City on September 20, 2022.

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In addition to the Russian war in Ukraine, European fears that a recession is just around the corner are mounting. Government concerns are growing with the time running out to revive the Iran nuclear deal and over China’s saber-rattling on Taiwan.

Addressing last year’s General Assembly, Biden focused on broad themes of global partnership and urged world leaders to act swiftly against the coronavirus, climate change and human rights abuses. And he offered assurances that his presidency marked a return of American leadership to international institutions after Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy.

But a year later, the global dynamics have changed dramatically.

Stewart Patrick, senior fellow and director of the Global Order and Institutions Program at Washington think tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, wrote in an analysis that Biden’s task this year is “immense” compared to his first address to the UN as president.

In addition to diplomacy, the president also engages in politics. This year’s meeting falls less than seven weeks before the pivotal US midterm elections. Shortly after arriving in Manhattan on Tuesday night, Biden spoke at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser for about 100 participants that raised nearly $2 million, and he will hold another fundraiser on Thursday before returning to Washington.

His speech on Wednesday comes on the heels of Ukrainian forces retaking control of large swaths of territory near Kharkov. But even as the Ukrainian armed forces have won victories on the battlefield, much of Europe is feeling a painful backlash from the economic sanctions against Russia. A massive drop in Russian oil and gas has led to a sharp jump in energy prices, skyrocketing inflation and a growing risk of Europe slipping into recession.

Biden’s visit to the UN also comes as his administration’s efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal appear to have stalled.

The deal brokered by the Obama administration — and scrapped by Trump in 2018 — secured billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for Iran’s agreement to dismantle much of its nuclear program and open its facilities to comprehensive international inspection.

Marine One with President Joe Biden arrives at the Wall Street landing zone in New York's Lower Manhattan on September 20, 2022.
Marine One with President Joe Biden arrives at the Wall Street landing zone in New York’s Lower Manhattan on September 20, 2022.

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This year’s UN meeting is another large-scale, in-person event after two years of limited activity due to the pandemic. In 2020, the in-person meeting was canceled and leaders held pre-recorded speeches instead; last year was a mix of personal and pre-recorded speeches. Biden and first lady Jill Biden were scheduled to hold a leaders’ reception on Wednesday night.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has opted not to attend this year’s UN meeting, but his country’s behavior and intentions will come out clearly during the leaders’ talks.

Last month, the UN human rights agency expressed concern about possible “crimes against humanity” in China’s western region against Uyghurs and other largely Muslim ethnic groups. Beijing has vowed to suspend cooperation with the office, rejecting what it described as a Western plot to undermine China’s rise.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government said Monday that Biden’s statement in a TBEN “60 Minutes” interview that US troops would defend Taiwan if Beijing tried to invade the self-ruled island was a violation of US obligations to the matter, but it said no indication of possible revenge.

The White House said after the interview that there has been no change in US policy toward Taiwan, which China claims as its own. That policy says Washington wants Taiwan’s status to be resolved peacefully, but doesn’t say whether US troops can be sent in response to a Chinese attack.

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