US President Joe Biden will use his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to urge world leaders to stand with Ukraine against Russian aggression – and he hopes Republicans in Congress will take note. .
Biden’s address at the annual gathering is the centerpiece of his three-day visit to New York, which will include meetings with the heads of five Central Asian countries, Israel and Brazil.
Biden, a Democrat, has made rallying US allies to support Ukraine a key component of US foreign policy, arguing that the world should send a clear signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he is ahead of the West. Will not be able to grow.
“We rallied the world and united NATO to support Ukraine because I believed early on that Putin was counting on NATO,” Biden said at a campaign fundraiser in New York. He will not be able to stick with each other and that will be enough for success.” Monday.
But Biden has faced criticism from some Republicans who want the U.S. to spend less money there. Former President Donald Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, has argued that if he is re-elected, he wants a quick end to the war.
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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in Washington, has questioned whether the United States should continue sending billions in arms to Ukraine.
In his speech, US officials said, Biden plans to argue that Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine and its seizure of territory violates the United Nations’ founding charter, which is based on respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. Is.
“He will make a strong defense of why supporting Ukraine matters not only to our national security, but to the UN Charter and the idea of sovereignty and territorial integrity and what all of that means.” said the official.
Another administration official said Biden and U.S. officials will also focus on infrastructure and mobilizing resources for sustainable development and fighting climate change.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll in June, a solid majority of Americans support arming Ukraine to defend itself against Russia and believe such aid would serve U.S. interests and allies against China and other U.S. rivals. It shows the desire to protect.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Biden at the White House on Thursday and also meet with some congressional leaders.
The U.S. is preparing a new military aid package for Ukraine on the eve of his visit to Ukraine, and has asked Congress to approve billions of dollars more in security aid for the rest of the year.
“We believe there will be bipartisan support for this. I think President Zelensky does as well,” White House national security adviser Jack Sullivan told reporters.
After his speech, Biden will sit down with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to discuss global hotspots.
Later, he will attend a summit with the presidents of five Central Asian countries. They are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
On Wednesday, Biden will meet with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Lula, and join him at an event with labor leaders from Brazil and the United States.
Also on Wednesday, Biden will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu face-to-face for the first time since Netanyahu took office last December.
Sullivan said they would “compare notes on a vision of a more stable and prosperous and integrated region, as well as to effectively confront and deter Iran.”