President Biden tore into Vladimir Putin during an address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as he said the Russian president ‘shamelessly violated’ the UN charter by invading Ukraine and trying to ‘extinguish’ it from the map.
‘A permanent member of the United Nations Security Council invaded its neighbor,’ the president began his words before world leaders. ‘Russia has shamelessly violated the core tenets of the United Nations charter.’
‘Just today, President Putin has made overt nuclear threats against Europe, reckless disregard for the responsibilities of the non-proliferation regime,’ the president said, noting that Russia is now calling up more soldiers to fight.
‘A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,’ Biden said. ‘Russia shunned the non-proliferation ideals.’
In another moment, Biden reaffirmed the U.S.’s commitment to the One China policy and said he is seeking ‘peace and stability’ across the Taiwan Straight. The comments were a clean-up from those he made during a CBS 60 Minutes interview Sunday, replying ‘yes’ when asked if he would deploy troops to defend Taiwan if China attacked.
In a rare speech to the Russian nation on Wednesday morning, Putin insisted he would use ‘all means’ necessary to defend swathes of territory seized or set to be annexed by Kremlin forces in the Ukraine. And he then issued his threat to use nuclear weapons.
‘Just today, President Putin has made overt nuclear threats against Europe, reckless disregard for the responsibilities of the non-proliferation regime,’ the president said
‘If there is a threat to the territorial integrity of our country, and in protecting our people we will certainly use all means to us – and I’m not bluffing,’ he said during his televised address.
‘This war is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state – plain and simple,’ Biden said. ‘That should make your blood run cold.’
Moments after Biden’s address, former President Trump warned of the potential for World War III.
‘President Putin of Russia is now threatening the use of Nuclear Weapons, saying “It is not a bluff.” The Ukrainian conflict should never have happened, and would not have happened if I were President. But as I have made very clear for quite some time, this could now end up being World War III,’ he wrote on Truth Social.
Biden then called for an overhaul of the UN Security Council, to expand the permanent and rotating seats to include more nations from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
He underscored 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 flooding in Pakistan.
Biden turned his attention to heightening tensions between the US and China.
‘We do not seek a Cold War. We do not ask any nation to choose between the United States or any other partner,’ he said.
US lawmakers have increasingly been traveling to Taiwan to demonstrate support as both China and Taiwan launch military drills in the Taiwan Straight. Beijing’s increasingly threatening rhetoric and actions suggest it may make good on a longstanding promise to reunite China and Taiwan, with or without force.
Biden then addressed global food insecurity, which has been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine. He announced another $2.9 billion in US humanitarian aid and pushed back on Russia’s assertion that sanctions from the US and around the world were the cause of the food crisis.
‘Russia in the meantime is pumping out lies, trying to pin the blame for the food crisis on the sanctions imposed many in the world for the aggression against Ukraine. So let me be perfectly clear about something – our sanctions explicitly allow, explicitly allow Russia the ability to export food and fertilizer, no limitation.’
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 were gathered in New York City for the annual meeting of the United Nations.
Putin’s actions came as Russia suffered humiliating losses on the battlefield and as President Joe Biden prepares to address the assembly, where the war in the Ukraine is the top topic.
Biden’s administration warned it would respond as needed to any nuclear threats and said Putin’s ‘partial mobilization’ of 300,000 more troops showed his war effort was ‘struggling.’
‘We always have to take this kind of rhetoric seriously,’ White House spokesman John Kirby told ABC’s Good Morning America of Putin’s nuclear threat.
‘It’s irresponsible rhetoric for a nuclear power to talk that way. But it’s not atypical for how he’s been talking the last seven months and we take it seriously. We’re monitoring as best we can, their strategic posture, so that if we have to, we can alter ours. We’ve seen no indication that that’s required right now,’ he added.
The White House slammed 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 on Wednesday morning, President Vladimir Putin insisted he would use ‘all means’ necessary to defend swathes of territory seized or set to be annexed by Kremlin forces in the Ukraine
Putin stopped short of calling for full, national draft but instead announced a ‘partial mobilization’ of people with military experience, which he said was ‘necessary’ as the Western allies had ‘crossed all lines’ by providing sophisticated weapons 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 that,’ Kirby said.
‘He has suffered tens of thousands of casualties. He has terrible morale, unit cohesion on the battlefield, command and control has still not been solved, he’s got desertion problems and he’s forcing the wounded back into the fight. So clearly manpower is a problem for him. He feels like he’s on his back foot, particularly in that northeast area – the Donbas,’ he noted.
Speaking from behind a wooden desk, Putin told Russian viewers on state-controlled television: ‘In its aggressive anti-Russian policies, the West has crossed all lines.
‘We constantly hear threats against our people and some irresponsible politicians in the West are talking about not just providing Ukraine with long-range military systems that will be able to hit Russia – that is already happening, we’re talking about the border regions, in Belgorod and systems using strategic drones, planes, doing reconnaissance across the south.
‘There are plans in Washington and Brussels to move the military action on to Russian territory.
‘There are not just talking about Russia being destroyed on the battlefield, they are talking about political, cultural, and all other types of sovereignty with complete pillage. Now they’re talking about nuclear blackmail.’
‘We always have to take this kind of rhetoric seriously,’ White House spokesman John Kirby told ABC’s Good Morning America of 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 efforts were failing.
A Ukrainian counter-attack last week saw Russian forces in the north-west driven back over the Ukrainian border.
Biden himself has warned Putin not to use nuclear weapons.
‘Don’t. Don’t. Don’t,’ Biden said in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes that aired Sunday. ‘You will change the face of war unlike anything since World War II.’
Putin, in his remarks, also endorsed Kremlin-backed referendums in occupied territories that will allow him to declare those areas as part of Russia. That annexation could happen next week.
Analysts worry that Putin would then use those sham elections to say any further Ukrainian military action on those areas would be considered an attack on Russia itself.
‘That is Ukrainian territory,’ Kirby said Wednesday morning. ‘It doesn’t matter what sham referenda they put in place or what vote they hold. It’s still Ukrainian.’
Putin said he was not ‘bluffing’ after he issued his nuclear threat
Russia has announced plans for referendums to take place in four regions of Ukraine it either fully or partially occupied – Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson
Russia is now almost seven months into what was intended to be a days-long war in Ukraine, and the situation for its troops is becoming increasingly desperate.
Having been forced to retreat from Kyiv in the early months of fighting after its advance stalled, the Kremlin’s war machine instead focused its efforts on ‘liberating’ the eastern Donbas region.
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