United Nations (EFE).- US President Joe Biden on Wednesday accused his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, of wanting to end Ukraine’s “right to exist” and issued a stern warning about the use of nuclear weapons, saying “there cannot be a nuclear war”. . Must win and never fight.”
As he began his speech before the UN General Assembly, Biden mentioned the Russian president by name and said: “Putin assured that he had to act, because Russia was being threatened. No one threatened Russia. No one but Russia has attempted this conflict.
He asserted that the war was the “choice” of a single man, Putin, and accused him of wanting to “wipe” Ukraine off the map, in “clear” violation of the UN Charter, its founding document. The organization and axis of the global liberal order after World War II.
“This war seeks to end Ukraine’s right to exist, simply put,” Biden asserted.
The US president condemned the move in recent hours by Putin to order the partial mobilization of 300,000 Russian reservists for the war in Ukraine.
In addition, Biden accused Putin of making “irresponsible threats about the use of nuclear weapons”, while the Russian leader pledged to defend his country “by all means” and said that those seeking to “blackmail” with nuclear weapons should know that “the compass rose is theirs”. can turn against.”
Concerns about nuclear weapons
After condemning Russia’s actions, Biden took the opportunity to warn of other “worrying trends” in nuclear proliferation, not only due to Russia, but also the policies of China, North Korea and Iran.
As for Iran, Biden has said he is ready to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, as long as Tehran meets its obligations abandoned by the United States during the Donald Trump administration.
“The United States is clear: We will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. I still think that diplomacy is the best way to achieve this result,” he said.
More broadly, Biden urged the world to recommit to strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime and assured that, regardless of what happens to the rest of the world, the United States is willing to pursue such arms control measures.
Rejecting a “Cold War” with China
As for China, Biden has said he does not seek a “cold war” and reiterated that his country will not support any unilateral change in the status quo with Taiwan, whose sovereignty Beijing claims.
“We’re not looking for conflict, we’re not looking for a Cold War. We don’t want any nation to have to choose between the United States and another ally. But, the United States will promote a free, open, secure Indo-Pacific and a prosperous world,” Biden told the UN general. Said in the council.
The president reiterated his government’s respect for the “one China” principle that Beijing imposes as the basis of its relations with any country, so that the only Chinese executive that the United States must recognize is based in Beijing, which keeps Taiwan away from independence. aspiration
The comments about China and Taiwan come after an interview with the CBS network that aired this Sunday, Biden said he would send the US military to defend Taiwan if China attacked the island.
Food crisis on Biden’s agenda
During his speech, Biden also talked about the growing food crisis caused by the crisis in Ukraine and the threat of famine to poor or developing countries.
In this regard, the President announced $2.9 billion in aid, an amount that adds to the $6.9 billion his government has already allocated this year for food security projects around the world.
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