President Joe Biden said Wednesday’s United Nations vote to condemn Russia for its invasion of Ukraine showed the isolation of Russian President Vladimir Putin and “demonstrates the scale of global outrage at the horrific Russian assault on a sovereign neighbour”.
In an emergency session of the UN General Assembly, 141 of 193 member states voted for the resolution, a symbolic decision that condemns the invasion of Ukraine and reflects growing global outrage as the war is raging there. The document calls for an immediate end to the invasion and the protection of civilians and those providing humanitarian aid.
Five countries voted against the resolution: Russia, Belarus, Syria, Eritrea and North Korea.
“An overwhelming majority of nations around the world condemn Putin’s war,” Biden said Wednesday. “An overwhelming majority of nations recognize that Putin is not just attacking Ukraine, he is attacking the very foundations of global peace and security – and everything the United Nations stands for.”
“And an overwhelming majority of the world recognizes that if we don’t stand up to Putin’s Russia, it will only inflict even more chaos and aggression on the world.”
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the UN, told the body on Wednesday that the resolution was essential because the UN was “challenged” by Putin’s actions.
“If he has a goal, it is to prevent war, to condemn war and to stop war,” she said before the vote. “That’s our job here today.”
Biden took direct aim at the Kremlin’s disinformation war behind the invasion, saying the vote shows “the world rejects Russia’s lies.”
“We can all see what is happening in Ukraine with our own eyes,” he said. “Russia is responsible for the devastating human rights abuses and international humanitarian crisis we are watching unfold in Ukraine in real time. There is no room for excuses or ambiguities.
“Russia is to blame.”