21 Sep 2022 10:30 p.m
The allegations against Russia and the speculation about what the country’s intentions are in the Ukraine conflict are growing endlessly. Speaking at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden accused Russia of wanting to “wipe out” Ukraine and Ukrainians. He referred to words by Putin that have never been said.
Speaking to the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, US President Joseph Biden accused Russia of wanting to wipe out Ukraine as a country and Ukrainians as a nation.
Literally, Biden said:
“Let’s be clear: A permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has invaded its neighboring country. It is attempting to erase a sovereign state from the world map. Russia has flagrantly violated the core provisions of the UN Charter. There is nothing more important [Regel] than the ban on taking over the territory of a neighboring state by force of arms. Again, President Putin just issued nuclear threats in reckless defiance of the provisions of the non-proliferation regime.”
Biden also denied that the expansion of NATO to the Russian borders and the military build-up in Ukraine after 2014, which Moscow lamented, endangered Russia and created a cause for the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. No one threatened Russia, only Russia provoked the dispute:
“Now Russia is calling up more soldiers to go into battle, and the Kremlin is organizing a shameful referendum to annex parts of Ukraine. … Putin claims he had to act because Russia was threatened. But no one threatened Russia. No one but Russia sought quarrels.”
Later in his speech, Biden cited alleged statements from speeches by the Russian President. From these passages he thought he could deduce that Russia wanted to “wipe out” Ukraine as a state and as a people. For example, Biden referred to Vladimir Putin’s alleged statements that Russia had founded Ukraine and that Ukraine had not achieved real statehood.
Biden claims to have recognized “two of Putin’s goals”, which he summarized as follows:
“This war is aimed at wiping out Ukraine’s right to exist as a state. Plain and simple. And Ukraine’s right to exist as a people.”
From the Russian side, the spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, has now responded to Biden’s allegations. She wrote on social media:
“I’m listening to Biden at the UN General Assembly. He quotes Putin. But that (what he quotes) Putin never said. Who fooled the US President again? Who is setting him up with that? It’s obvious that the American President himself is unable to analyze or think through complex issues. But one must not be so shameless as to exploit one’s human frailty for clearly not noble purposes!”
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