President Biden attacked Vladimir Putin during a speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) when he said the Russian president had “blatantly violated the UN Charter” by invading Ukraine.
“A permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has invaded its neighbor,” the President began his words to world leaders. “Russia has shamelessly violated the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter.”
“Just today, President Putin openly issued nuclear threats against Europe, a reckless disregard for the responsibility of the non-proliferation regime,” the president said, noting that Russia is now calling on more soldiers to fight.
“A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” Biden said. “Russia has eschewed the ideals of non-proliferation.”
“This war is about wiping out Ukraine’s right to exist as a state – plain and simple,” he said. ‘That should make your blood run cold.’
Biden then called for an overhaul of the UN Security Council to expand the permanent and rotating seats to more nations from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
He then underlined the urgency of the “climate crisis”. “No one seems to doubt [the crisis] after living through the past year,” Biden said, noting the ongoing drought in Africa and the floods in Pakistan.
“Just today, President Putin openly issued nuclear threats against Europe, a reckless disregard for the responsibility of the non-proliferation regime,” the president said
Biden turned his attention to the escalating tensions between the US and China.
“We are not aiming for a cold war. We are not asking any nation to choose between the United States or any other partner,” he said.
Biden reiterated US commitment to the One China policy and said he seeks “peace and stability” across the Taiwan straight.
US lawmakers are increasingly traveling to Taiwan to show their support as both China and Taiwan conduct cross-strait military exercises. Beijing’s increasingly ominous rhetoric and actions suggest it could fulfill a long-standing promise to reunite China and Taiwan with or without violence.
Biden then addressed global food insecurity, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine. He announced an additional $2.9 billion in US humanitarian aid.
Earlier, the White House slammed Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat against Ukraine as “irresponsible rhetoric” after the Russian president accelerated his war effort on Wednesday as world leaders convened in New York City for the annual United Nations meeting.
Putin’s actions came as Russia suffered humiliating losses on the battlefield and President Joe Biden prepares to address the gathering where the war in Ukraine is the main topic.
Biden’s administration warned it would respond to nuclear threats as needed, saying Putin’s “partial mobilization” of 300,000 more troops showed his war effort was “fighting.”
“We always have to take that kind of rhetoric seriously,” White House spokesman John Kirby told ABC’s Good Morning America about Putin’s nuclear threat.
“It is irresponsible rhetoric for a nuclear power to talk like that. But it’s not out of character with the way he’s spoken out over the past seven months, and we take it seriously. We monitor their strategic stance as best we can so that we can change ours if need be. We haven’t seen any indication that this is required at the moment,” he added.
The White House has criticized Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat against Ukraine as “irresponsible rhetoric”; The Russian president’s remarks came as President Joe Biden (above) prepares to address the UN General Assembly on Wednesday
In a rare speech to the Russian nation Wednesday morning, President Vladimir Putin insisted he would use “any means” necessary to defend parts of territory to be seized or annexed by Kremlin forces in Ukraine
In a rare speech to the Russian nation on Wednesday morning, Putin insisted he would use “any means necessary” to defend parts of territory to be seized or annexed by Kremlin forces in Ukraine. And then he threatened to use nuclear weapons.
“When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all means to protect our people – and I am not bluffing,” he said during his televised address.
Putin stopped calling for full, national military service, instead announcing a “partial mobilization” of people with military experience, which he called “necessary” given that Western allies had “crossed all lines” by developing highly developed ones delivered arms to Ukraine.
The White House said it was a sign Putin was struggling in his war.
“It’s definitely a sign that he’s struggling and we know it,” Kirby said.
“He has suffered tens of thousands of casualties. He has terrible morale, unit cohesion on the battlefield, command and control is still unresolved, he has desertion problems and he’s forcing the wounded back into combat. So the workforce is clearly a problem for him. He feels like he’s on the back foot, especially in this northeastern area – the Donbass,” he noted.
Sitting behind a wooden desk, Putin told Russian viewers on state-controlled television: “The West has crossed all borders with its aggressive anti-Russian policies.
“We constantly hear threats against our people and some irresponsible politicians in the West are talking about not only equipping Ukraine with long-range military systems that can hit Russia – this is already happening, we are talking about the border regions, in Belgorod and systems with strategic drones, aircraft conducting reconnaissance in the south.
“There are plans in Washington and Brussels to transfer military action to Russian territory.
“It’s not just talking about Russia being destroyed on the battlefield, it’s talking about political, cultural and all other types of sovereignty with complete plunder. Now they’re talking about nuclear blackmail.’
“We always have to take that kind of rhetoric seriously,” White House spokesman John Kirby told ABC’s Good Morning America about Putin’s nuclear threat
Putin’s threat comes as the war in Ukraine is going badly for Russia
British and European allies joined America in saying Putin’s aggressive moves were a sign his war effort was failing.
A Ukrainian counterattack last week pushed Russian forces back across the Ukrainian border in the north-west.
Biden himself has warned Putin against using nuclear weapons.
‘Not. Not. Not,” Biden said in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes that aired Sunday. “You will change the face of war like it has not since World War II.”
In his remarks, Putin also endorsed Kremlin-backed referendums in occupied territories that would allow him to declare those territories Russia. That annexation could happen next week.
Analysts fear that Putin would then use these sham elections to say that any further Ukrainian military action in those areas would be seen as an attack on Russia itself.
“This is Ukrainian territory,” Kirby said Wednesday morning. “It doesn’t matter what sham referendums they hold or what vote they have. It’s still Ukrainian.”
Putin said he was not “bluffing” after issuing his nuclear threat
Russia has announced plans for referendums in four regions of Ukraine it holds either fully or partially occupied – Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson
Russia is now almost seven months into what should be a days-long war in Ukraine, and the situation for its troops is becoming increasingly desperate.
After the Kremlin was forced to withdraw from Kyiv during the first months of fighting after the advance stalled, the Kremlin’s war machine was instead focused on “liberating” the eastern Donbass region.