New York Post

Joe counters Mad Vlad at the UN

- Olivia Land and Emily Crane

President Biden slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday for making “overt nuclear threats” amid his war on Ukraine — and accused Moscow of “shamelessl­y” violating the core tenets of membership in the United Nations.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Biden delivered a full-throated condemnati­on of Russia just hours after Putin ordered a partial mobilizati­on of 300,000 reservists and accused the West of “nuclear blackmail.”

“Just today, President Putin has made overt nuclear threats against Europe and a reckless disregard for the responsibi­lities of the nonprolife­ration regime. Now Russia is calling up more soldiers to join the fight,” Biden said, adding the Kremlin was also organizing a “sham referendum” to annex parts of Ukraine.

“The world should see these outrageous acts for what they are. Putin claims he had to act because Russia was threatened, but no one threatened Russia and no one other than Russia sought conflict.”

Biden also accused Russia of violating the core tenets of the United Nations Charter by waging its “brutal, needless war” against Ukraine.

“This war is about extinguish­ing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, plain and simple, and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people,” Biden said. “Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you believe, that . . . should make your blood run cold.”

As he lambasted Putin for “making irresponsi­ble nuclear threats,” Biden warned that a “nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”

After delivering his remarks, Biden told reporters he had no other reaction to Putin’s remarks — insisting it was all in his speech.

Elsewhere in his UN address, Biden blamed Russia for the ongoing global food crisis — as he pledged $2.9 billion in global food security aid to address the shortages caused by the war and effects of climate change.

 ?? ?? ‘NEEDLESS WAR’: President Biden speaks at the UN.
‘NEEDLESS WAR’: President Biden speaks at the UN.

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