Biden urges UN: Stand united with Ukraine

Source: Politico | September 19, 2023 | Jonathan Lemire

“No nation can meet the challenges of today alone,” Biden told the U.N. General Assembly.

NEW YORK — President Joe Biden denounced Russian aggression in front of the world on Tuesday, taking to the United Nations to deliver an urgent call to rally around Ukraine — a pressing message aimed both at global partners and to those at home.

Biden hit many of the same notes as he did a year ago from the same New York rostrum, but from a dramatically changed backdrop. Last year, a Ukrainian counteroffensive had met with astounding success and aid to Kyiv flowed freely. Now, Ukraine’s latest ground push is stalling and, with a U.S. presidential election looming, House Republicans have threatened to slash aid to the war-torn country.

“No nation wants this war to end more than Ukraine. Russia alone bears responsibility, has power to end war, and stands in the way of peace,” Biden said. “Russia believes that the world will grow weary and allow it to brutalize Ukraine without consequence.”

The president declared the U.N. must “stand up to this naked aggression,” drawing applause from many in attendance, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who will address the assembly later to seek aid for his battered nation.

But the speech also differed from last year’s version in other ways. Biden’s call to stand with Ukraine came nearly 20 minutes into his address, and he showcased a foreign policy vision that extended far beyond the war zone. He spent much of his remarks focused on the developing world, returning to his long-running theme to rally democracies against the globe’s rising autocracies. On Tuesday, he went further, implicitly urging developing nations to turn their backs on Russia and China’s autocracies and join an inter-connected, rules-based order promoted by the U.S. and its allies.


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