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    President Biden Calls for Global Support for Ukraine at U.N. General Assembly

    Biden Urges Unity in Standing Against Russian Aggression, Addresses Critics at Home

    In a significant address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Joe Biden appealed to world leaders to unite in support of Ukraine, condemning Russian aggression and advocating for global solidarity. The President also sought to bridge the political divide at home, addressing concerns from some Republicans in Congress regarding the U.S. commitment to Ukraine.

    President Biden highlighted Russia’s belief that it can act with impunity in Ukraine and called for international resistance against such actions. He posed a critical question to the global community: “If we allow Ukraine to be carved up, is the independence of any nation secure?”

    This speech marked the centerpiece event of President Biden’s three-day visit to New York, which includes meetings with leaders from Central Asian nations, Israel, and Brazil.

    The President’s consistent rallying of U.S. allies to support Ukraine has become a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy. He emphasized the need to send a clear signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he cannot outlast the West.

    Criticism from some Republicans, who advocate for reduced U.S. spending on the war effort, has posed a challenge. Former President Donald Trump, a leading contender for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election, has pledged to swiftly end the conflict if re-elected. Trump has expressed skepticism about traditional alliances, including NATO, and has shown admiration for Putin.

    House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a prominent Republican figure, has questioned the continued provision of billions of dollars in weaponry to Ukraine.

    In his UNGA address, President Biden underscored that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its occupation of territory in February 2022 violated the fundamental principles of the U.N. Charter, which includes respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. His remarks echoed those of U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who referred to Russia’s invasion as a “nexus of horror.”

    While President Biden seeks global support for Ukraine, his administration also focuses on mobilizing resources for infrastructure, sustainable development, and climate change mitigation.

    Recent polling indicates that a significant majority of Americans support supplying weaponry to Ukraine for its defense against Russia. This aid is seen as a demonstration of U.S. commitment to safeguarding its interests and allies.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who is set to speak at UNGA, is expected to visit President Biden at the White House. The United States is preparing a new military aid package for Ukraine, with congressional approval sought for additional security assistance.

    Following his UNGA address, President Biden will engage in discussions with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on global challenges. Subsequently, he will participate in a historic summit with the presidents of five Central Asian nations, including Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

    On another front, President Biden will hold his first face-to-face meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since the latter regained power in December. Discussions will encompass regional stability, prosperity, integration, and strategies for countering and deterring Iran.

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