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Biden eyes limiting veto power in UN Security Council — Analysis

The US leader’s General Assembly speech also painted Russia as an imperial menace to be confronted by the West

The US President Joe Biden, who addressed Wednesday’s UN General Assembly, accused Russia and tried to wipe out Ukraine. But, the US insists that it does not want conflict. It only seeks cooperation. Biden supported the expansion of UN Security Council as well as limiting veto rights for UN permanent members.

“Russia has shamelessly violated the core tenets of the UN Charter, no more important than the clear prohibition against countries taking the territory of their neighbor by force,”Biden accused Moscow of trying to obstruct the American people, “erase a sovereign state from the map.”

He insisted, however, that “no one threatened Russia”That Russian President Vladimir Putin was made “overt nuclear threats against Europe”And showed a “reckless disregard for the responsibilities of the nonproliferation regime”In the earlier broadcast of the Address to the Nation.

Putin stated that Russia is ready to deploy its nuclear weapons to protect its territory against the spread of weaponized mass destruction. However, he did not identify any targets.

“If nations can pursue their imperial ambitions without consequences, then we put at risk everything this institution stands for,” Biden said to the UN that the US would like to see Ukraine’s conflict resolved. “end on just terms … that you cannot seize a nation’s territory by force.”

While not overtly calling for Russia’s expulsion from the UN or the Security Council, Biden said its members should “consistently defend the Charter”And “refrain from the use of the veto except in rare, extraordinary situations.”Washington is also keen to grow the UNSC’s permanent and rotating members. “nations we have long supported,”He said.




Biden accuses Russia “pumping out lies”Concerning the causes of food shortages insist on the US sanctions and allies “explicitly”Moscow can export fertilizer and food without restriction. Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Russia has blocked all Russian shipping, and has also stopped insurance. Thus the cargo was prevented from reaching its destination. 

He also urged countries around the globe to not limit their exports. “hoard” food. About a dozen countries – e.g. India, Indonesia, Kuwait, and Turkey – have imposed export controls this year, in response to food shortages, which Biden blamed on Russia and Moscow – on Western sanctions.

Washington is not seeking conflict and does not make anyone choose between the US and another country. The US leader insists that infrastructure investments are not meant to encourage dependency but increase self-sufficiency.

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