At the next session of the UN General Assembly, which is to be held this week in New York, the presidents of the United States and Ukraine, Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, may face opposition from the leaders of the countries of the so-called "Global South".
This is stated in an article by the Washington Post.
The publication notes that the relatively low attendance of the event by America's main adversaries plays in Biden's favor. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who faces an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court, will not fly to New York. Also, Chinese leader Xi Jinping or his chief diplomat Wang Yi will skip the General Assembly.
This will allow Biden and Zelensky to dominate the agenda and hold talks with the leaders of the countries of the so-called "Global South".
Journalists recall that while most UN member states have condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, many in the Global South are concerned about the prospect of an "endless stalemate". The African-Latin American bloc maintains economic and diplomatic ties with the Kremlin and is reluctant to impose Western sanctions for fear of economic repercussions.
"The default position of most UN members is that we must agree to end the war.
If Zelensky says in the UN Security Council that he will continue to fight forever, it will create a clear dissonance with many non-Western countries that are struggling with debt and poverty, who feel that their problems are overshadowed," said Richard Gowan, a UN expert at the International Crisis Group.
U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan denied that there was a significant difference between the position of the United States and developing countries, saying U.S. diplomats had worked hard to close the gap.
What Republicans say about Zelensky
After their meetings in New York, Zelensky and Biden will travel to Washington, where they will both ask Congress to approve additional funding for Ukraine. Biden is pushing a funding package of more than $24 billion.
Such an initiative is met with resistance among some Republicans in the House of Representatives, but GOP leaders say Zelenskiy's visit is likely to be "very, very convincing."
"Zelensky is a great speaker. He really does a better job than anyone," said Congressman Michael R. Turner.
The White House agrees — even if Zelenskiy's insistent requests for support occasionally spark anger in the Oval Office.
Recall that CNN reported that on Thursday, September 21, President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled to meet in Washington with his American counterpart Joe Biden. The Ukrainian leader may also address the U.S. Congress.
Earlier, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and US President Joe Biden would take place after participating in high-level events of the UN General Assembly.
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