Biden calls on world leaders to stand up against Russia’s ‘naked aggression’ in Ukraine

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Biden calls on world leaders to stand up against Russia’s ‘naked aggression’ in Ukraine

Courtney Subramanian
Tracy Wilkinson

September 19, 2023

President Biden on Tuesday called on world leaders to strengthen their resolution in support of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity

and told those present at the United Nations General Assembly that this was part of

their duty


preserving the ‘core’


tenets” of the U

.N.nited Nations


“Russia believes the world will grow weary and allow Ukraine to brutalize without consequence,” Biden roared into the room.

stretched out

UN Chamber in New York. “But I ask you this: if we give up the core principles of the UN Charter to appease an aggressor, can any member state be confident that it will be protected? If we allow Ukraine to be divided, is the independence of any country safe? “

The answer is no, Biden said.

“We must resist this naked aggression today in order to deter other potential aggressors tomorrow,” he added.

Biden attends the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly

takes place this week

to chart a US-led vision to meet the world’s most pressing challenges, including tackling the climate crisis,


artificial intelligence and investments in developing countries in the South. The president sought to appeal to developing countries most affected by the economic turmoil caused by the war in Ukraine. Some have urged world leaders to refocus attention on other issues, including poverty and inequality.

“The United States is committed to a safer, more prosperous, and more just world for all people because we know our future is tied to yours,” Biden told his foreign counterparts. “Let me say that again: we know that our future is tied to yours. And no country can meet today’s challenges alone.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who heard Biden speak, is expected to repeat the president’s plea later Tuesday

during the day

his first in person

comments appearance

since the Russian invasion of the UN General Assembly. Last year,


addressed the room



The Ukrainian leader will travel to Washington on Thursday to visit the White House and meet with congressional leaders as he tries to drum up more support for his defeated country. A CNN poll published last month found that 51% of respondents said the US has “done enough” to help Ukraine in the war, compared to 48% who said they want America to do more.

Biden is asking Congress for more than $13 billion in additional military aid for Ukraine and another $8.5 billion in humanitarian aid. While there is broad bipartisan support for Kiev, some hardline Republican lawmakers have sought to cut back on sending more aid to Ukraine as part of a government financing deal. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield)

is set to will

meeting with Zelensky on Wednesday.

Biden will meet with UN Secretary General Antnio Guterres and leaders of five Central Asian countries Kazakhstan,


Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, including countries bordering Russia and China. The meeting will be the first of its kind at the leadership level, government officials said.

The president also sought to refute any notion that the U.S. is increasing tensions with China, despite recent U.S.-led efforts to thwart China’s international investment program and strengthen relations in Beijing’s backyard.

When it comes to China, I want to be clear and consistent, Biden said. We try to manage competition between our countries responsibly so that it does not lead to conflict.”

China’s Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has an arrest warrant issued against him by the International Criminal Court, were absent

from front

these years

Summit of the General Assembly

. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron also skipped the meeting.

On Wednesday, Biden will meet with Brazilian President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before returning to Washington.


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