US President Joe Biden criticized Russia for its blatant aggression against Ukraine at the United Nations General Assembly.
Biden said Wednesday that the February invasion directly violated the 1945 United Nations General Charter, signed after World War II.
But the US president stopped short of saying that Russia should be ousted as a member of the United Nations Security Council.
Speaking in New York, the US president verbally rebuked Russia as the war approached seven months, blaming Vladimir Putin directly for the events when he said it was “a war of one man’s choice”.
“No one threatened Russia, no one other than Russia sought conflict,” President Biden said.
“Now we see attacks on schools, railway stations, schools, hospitals… and Ukrainian cultural centers,” he said, citing evidence of war crimes by Russia.
Biden said the war was intended to extinguish Ukraine’s right to exist as a nation and as a people “clear and simple.”
“If nations can pursue their imperial ambitions without consequences, we are jeopardizing everything that this institution stands for.”
Russia is one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, able to veto any security decision, and President Biden said he wants to increase the number of permanent and non-permanent members of the Security Council, to include representatives from Africa, Latin America and other countries. The Caribbean.
The speech comes as Russian-controlled regions in eastern and southern Ukraine have announced plans to hold Kremlin-backed referendums on annexation this week.
Putin also announced a partial mobilization to call up 300,000 reservists, accusing the West of engaging in “nuclear blackmail”.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Putin last week that now is not a time of war, while Chinese President Xi Jinping has also expressed his questions and concerns about the situation.
Biden’s speech also echoed his previous address to the UN General Assembly in 2021, highlighting issues related to food security and hunger, the climate crisis, nuclear non-proliferation and human rights violations – Especially in China.
This year’s summit in New York also comes less than seven weeks ago Pivotal midterm elections in the United States.
Biden’s visit to the United Nations also comes amid his administration’s efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Senior US officials have said that no breakthrough with Iran is expected during the General Assembly, but Biden will make clear in his speech that a deal can still be struck “if Iran is willing to get serious about its commitments.”
He added that administration officials will consult with fellow signatories to the 2015 agreement on the sidelines of this week’s meetings.