Biden: Russia wants to wipe out Ukraine’s right to exist
Russia’s war against Ukraine dominates the general debate at UN headquarters. US President Biden found sharp words for Kremlin chief Putin in his speech – and spoke of “appalling evidence”.
US President Joe Biden has Russia accused of wanting to destroy Ukraine’s right to exist. “This war is simply about wiping out Ukraine’s right to exist as a state. And Ukraine’s right to exist as a people,” Biden said in his speech at the general debate at the UN General Assembly in New York. “Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you believe in, this should make your blood run cold.”
Russia must be charged with war crimes in the Ukraine be held accountable. There was “even more appalling evidence” of Russian atrocities and war crimes, the US President said. The US worked closely with its partners to hold Russia accountable.
Violation of UN Charter
threw in his speech biden Russia also alleged a “shameless” violation of the UN charter: “A permanent member of the United Nations Security Council invaded its neighboring country and tried to wipe the sovereign state from the map.” In doing so, he violated the cornerstones of the UN Charter, the set of rules of the United Nations.
of Russia president Vladimir Putin has just “uttered blatant nuclear threats against Europe” again and the Kremlin is organizing mock referendums, according to Biden. These are “outrageous acts”. Putin justifies his war by claiming his country was threatened, Biden said. “But no one threatened Russia, and no one but Russia sought the conflict.”
Biden strongly condemned the nuclear threats from Russia, North Korea and other countries. “A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” he warned. But there are worrying trends and Russia is making “irresponsible threats”. China operate an “unprecedented rearmament”. North Korea continues to “blatantly violate UN sanctions”. Biden added: “We will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.” Diplomacy is the best way to achieve that.
Security Council in need of reform according to Biden
The US President was also open to reforming the United Nations Security Council. The most powerful UN body must remain credible and effective. “For this reason, the United States also supports increasing the number of both permanent and non-permanent representatives of the Council.” Countries from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean would need permanent seats on the Security Council.
The United States had recently surprised with the push to reform the 15-member Security Council. Germany has been in favor of reform for years and hopes to have more influence on the body. There, the five permanent members USA, Russia, China, France and Great Britain have the right of veto and can thus block all actions. This became visible again and again during the Ukraine war. Above all, Russia and China are seen as opponents of reform.