US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that Russia “shamelessly violated” the basic principles of the UN Charter with its “brutal, unnecessary war” in Ukraine. Biden’s reaction came shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an economic mobilization and warned Western countries that he would miss a nuclear attack to preserve his integrity. “We will stand in solidarity against Russia’s aggression,” Biden said.
Addressing the 77th session of the UN General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, Biden said reports of Russian abuse against civilians in Ukraine “will make your blood boil”. He said Putin’s threat of a nuclear attack against Europe and announcing economic mobilization had done injustice to the citizens of his country. Let us tell you that Putin has not joined the United Nations since 2015. In 2015, he sent military aircraft to Syria.
Biden also spoke about the consequences of the war on the global food supply. He then pledged $2.9 billion in global food security assistance to address shortages caused by the effects of war and climate change. He also praised the UN effort to create a corridor for Ukrainian grain exported by sea and called for the agreement to continue despite the ongoing conflict.
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