Addressing the United Nations Normal Meeting on Tuesday, U.S. President Joe Biden is anticipated to once more denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a violation of the core tenets of the U.N. Constitution – the clear prohibition in opposition to taking different nation’s territory by power.
“The president will completely reaffirm our dedication to the values of the constitution. And that features sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, together with Ukraine,” a senior administration official instructed VOA Monday throughout a briefing to preview Biden’s speech.
Leaders from a minimum of 145 nations are slated to attend the annual UNGA assembly this week in New York, with just a few notable exceptions – France, the UK, China and Russia will probably be represented by their senior officers. Because of this america is the one everlasting member of the U.N. Safety Council whose high chief will probably be current.
It will likely be the second time Biden delivers his condemnation of Russia’s “brutal, mindless” struggle on Ukraine in entrance of the world physique. Final September, in his first UNGA tackle for the reason that invasion, Biden accused Russia, a everlasting member of the U.N. Safety Council, of making an attempt to “erase a sovereign state from the map.”
Greater than 140 U.N. member nations final yr supported a Normal Meeting decision that condemned Russian aggression in opposition to Ukraine.
However with the protracted battle persevering with to inflict a toll on international power and meals costs, there are rising calls from decrease and middle-income nations usually grouped because the International South to fast-track peace negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv.
As a part of Ukraine’s diplomatic outreach to the International South, it has supported the broadest peace initiative thus far from Saudi Arabia, which in August hosted senior officers from some 40 nations together with U.S., China, India however not Russia to work in the direction of a broad settlement of key rules for a peaceable finish to the struggle.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy can have an opportunity to make his personal case Tuesday, talking on to the Normal Meeting. It will likely be his first in particular person look in entrance of the world physique since Russia’s invasion.
Biden can also be anticipated to talk about U.S. efforts in mobilizing assets for international infrastructure initiatives, tackling the local weather disaster, and reforming the U.N. and different worldwide establishments to make it extra “inclusive, accessible and consultant,” the senior administration official stated.
Anita Powell contributed to this report.