Defense and National Security – Biden Calls on World Against Russia in UN Speech


President Biden, in his remarks to the United Nations General Assembly, will call on world leaders to stand up to Russia’s “naked aggression” against Ukraine.

We dive deep into his speech. In addition, we’ll talk about the Naming Commission’s recommendations to rename or remove more than 1,100 military assets associated with the confederation.

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President speaks against Russian aggression

President Biden will call on world leaders to stand up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during his remarks before the United Nations General Assembly.

  • Biden will address the international body on Wednesday as he tries to rally support to push Russia back amid Ukraine’s recent battlefield victories.

  • He will address the United Nations General Assembly for the second consecutive year as he faces an international crisis. Last year, Biden arrived in New York City about a month after the US withdrew its troops from Afghanistan in a chaotic withdrawal.

A ‘firm rebuke’ from Russia: “Among other things, he will strongly rebuke Russia’s unjust war in Ukraine and call on the world to continue to resist the naked aggression we have seen in recent months,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday.

“The main thrust of his presentation will really be about the charter of the United Nations. About the fundamental principle at the heart of that charter, that countries cannot conquer their neighbors by force,” Sullivan added.

‘Increasingly strong headwind:’ Sullivan noted that neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in New York for the meetings. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to attend.

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“Our competitors are facing increasingly strong headwinds and neither President Xi nor President Putin even show up,” he said.

A challenge ahead: Building support for Ukraine at the UN can be difficult for Biden, as many members are either sympathetic to Russia or hostile to the United States. Russia sits on the UN Security Council and therefore has the ability to thwart attempts to hold Moscow accountable.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro criticized the economic impact of Western sanctions in his speech at the UN on Tuesday, but did not mention Russia in his comments.

Other things to watch out for: In the annual address, Biden will also outline his views on US foreign policy and key leadership, Sullivan said.

  • He will make important new announcements on the US government’s investments to address global food insecurity and will detail how the US has restored its global leadership and the integrity of its word on the global stage through the promises we are making. to make it come true. and he has made it as president,” he said.

  • The president will hold his first face-to-face meeting with the United Kingdom’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, and plans to host world leaders and their spouses in New York. He will also host a session on the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria worldwide.

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President Biden on Tuesday nominated Lynne Tracy as ambassador to the Russian Federation to navigate a tense relationship between the US and Russia amid the war in Ukraine.

Tracy is currently the US Ambassador to Armenia, a position she has held since 2019.

Before that, she was the senior advisor for Russia at the Foreign Office’s Office of European and Eurasian Affairs and was deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Moscow.

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Former Ambassador John Sullivan left Russia earlier this month after serving in the post for nearly three years. His time in that particular position included Russia’s first invasion of Ukraine in February. Biden retained Sullivan, former President Trump’s appointee.

The government said Sullivan’s departure, which seemed abrupt, was planned and a new ambassador would be appointed soon.

Read more here.

Panel: Rename, Delete Confederation Associated Assets

The committee responsible for reviewing military bases and assets named after Confederate figures has made its final suggestions to rename or remove more than 1,100 items that fall under the purview of the Department of Defense.

In its third and final report to Congress, delivered Monday, the Naming Commission highlights several of the recommended changes among the hundreds.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Congress must now sign the proposed changes before they can take effect.

Proposed name changes: The recommendations include:

  • Stripping the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery

  • Change street, school and building names

  • Renaming two naval ships

  • Civil Works Investigation of Four US Army Corps of Engineers

The panel won’t go so far as to give name recommendations for those civil works, instead turning the job down to Congress because some assets are jointly owned by DoD and individual states, according to the report.

Past recommendations: Earlier this summer, the group suggested the military change the names of nine bases that currently honor Confederate generals.

In part two of the committee’s report released last month, the panel identified items bearing the names of Confederate figures at military academies.

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The group’s report suggested that the West Point U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy rename landmarks and structures commemorating Robert E. Lee and other Confederate officers.

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  • The final day of the Air Force Association’s 2022 Air Space and Cyber ​​Conference begins at 8:15 a.m.

  • The Foundation for Defense of Democracies will hold a discussion at 8:30 a.m. on “Assessing America’s Cyber ​​Resiliency: A Conversation with The CSC 2.0 Co-Chairs”

  • The Defense Strategies Institute holds the 11th Annual Military Tactical Communications Summit at 8:45 a.m.

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will hold a discussion at 10 a.m. on “New Paradigm for Cyber ​​Competition: A Conversation on Cyber ​​Persistent Theory”

  • The Stimson Center will host a discussion at 10:30 am on “Deepening US-Japan Cooperation in the Face of Global Challenges”

  • The House of the Armed Forces House Military Personnel Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Update on the Implementation of Recommendations of UKTN Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military and the Establishment of the Office of Special Trial Counsel” at 2 p.m.

  • House Oversight and Reform Committee to Hold Hearing on “Russia’s Malicious Use of Private Military Companies” at 2 p.m.

  • The House Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing at 3 p.m. on “Ensuring Timely Access for Veterans to Care in VA and the Community”

  • The Senate Armed Forces Committee will hold a hearing at 3:30 p.m. “To receive testimony on the status of military recruitment and retention efforts across the Department of Defense.”


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