New York Post
Joe counters Mad Vlad at the UN
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.