President Joe Biden said in his second UNGA speech as US president on Wednesday that Russia violated the UN Charter when it invaded Ukraine this year. In an extensive speech to the United Nations, President Biden castigates Russia and says that the US does not want a “cold war” with China.
• US President Joe Biden has stated that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an act of aggression without a justification. He stated that Washington wants the conflict in Ukraine to end on “just terms.”
• The President also indicated that, despite tensions with Beijing, the United States does not want a Cold War with China.
• Biden has not said anything bad about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, such as expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
President Biden Asserts That Russia Is Seeking To Take Away “Ukraine’s Right To Exist.”
According to Joe Biden, Russia wants to end Ukraine’s right to exist as a nation. He told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that Washington wanted the conflict to end on “just terms.”
He also addressed several international issues, such as the need to fight climate change and make that everyone has enough food. Here are the key points from Biden’s speech.
Biden began his speech by stating that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was an unjustified act of aggression.
“This war is about ending Ukraine’s right to exist as a state and [Ukrainians’] right to exist as a people,” Biden stated. “It should make your blood run cold, regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you believe.”
Biden also did not believe what Russian President Vladimir Putin said about Russia being threatened because Ukraine wanted to join NATO.
“The United States wants this war to end on fair terms, on terms we all agreed to like you can’t take a country’s territory by force,” he said.
Biden’s remarks came just hours after Putin announced a partial military mobilization of 300,000 army reservists to serve in Ukraine.
Russia’s offensive has taken a lot of blows in recent weeks. Ukrainian forces, backed by US weapons, have quickly reclaimed large areas of land in the country’s east.
The US Does Not Want A Cold War With China
Since taking the presidency in early 2021, Biden has followed in the footsteps of his predecessor, Donald Trump, by elevating competition with China to the forefront of US foreign policy. However, on Wednesday, President Biden stated that Washington wishes to avoid a fight with Beijing.
“Let me be clear about the competition between the United States and China as we deal with changing geopolitical trends: the United States will engage as a reasonable leader,” Biden said.
“We don’t want any trouble. We are not looking for a cold war. We do not force any nation to choose between the United States and other partners.”
Beijing is upset with Biden because he stated that the US military would defend Taiwan if China attacked. Taiwan is a self-governing island that Beijing claims as its own.
On Wednesday, Biden stated that the US opposes “unilateral changes to the status quo by either side.”
Supports A Two-State Solution
Biden has always been a staunch supporter of Israel and reiterated on Wednesday that his administration supports a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Biden stated unequivocally that the United States is committed to Israel’s security. And the US continues to believe that a negotiated two-state solution is the best way to ensure Israel’s future security and prosperity while also providing the Palestinians with the state they deserve.
During his time in the White House, Biden has never said anything bad about what Israel does to Palestinians, such as expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, which would be the future home of a Palestinian state.
Each US administration has stated that they support the two-state solution.
However, many advocates for Palestinian rights have stated that Israel’s settlements in occupied territory have made it impossible to resolve the conflict in this manner. Instead, they claim that talking about a two-state solution allows Israel to keep things as they are.
On Wednesday, Biden stated that both sides should “enjoy equal freedom and dignity.”
Israel is accused of using an apartheid system against Palestinians, but the United States provides Israel with $3.8 billion in military aid each year.
Biden: Iran Will Not Acquire Nuclear Weapons
Even though talks to resurrect the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran have stalled, Biden said on Wednesday that Washington would not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
So far, numerous indirect talks have failed to resurrect the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Iran agreed to reduce its nuclear program in exchange for fewer international sanctions under this deal.
Biden stated that the US is willing to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action if Iran meets its obligations but that the US will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
On Wednesday, Biden also mentioned the ongoing protests against the Iranian government, which began after a woman died in police custody.