- Putin's speech included the offer of the Russian vaccine free of charge to the UN's employees.
- Trump's speech sounded more like an election rally speech.
- Both speeches went as expected.
On September 22, many world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and American President Donald Trump, gave speeches to the United Nations using online technology. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the UN had an option for a virtual interaction.
President Putin touched on the history of the UN and the inadmissibility of “rewriting history” and the results. Otherwise, the world will simply lose the only international platform for resolving emerging disputes that is, more or less, working.
According to Putin, the disputes arise because the UN is frigid and barely meets the challenges of the 21st century, when there are more and more tensions and multipolarity. In addition, there was no proposal to add or remove permanent representatives or somehow limit the right of veto.
The importance of the veto power, on the contrary, was even emphasized. Recently, Russia vetoed the American resolution which would have reimposed sanctions on Iran.
Moreover, given the Coronavirus pandemic, and global ramifications, Putin discussed health. Currently, there are over 31 million infected and almost a million deaths around the world. The Russian President offered green corridors for PPE, medicines, and essential items anywhere in the world.
Putin also offered the Sputnik-V vaccine, which, he says, has proven its effectiveness and safety. He offered not deliveries, but licensed production, to everyone who wants it, he said. It should be noted that Putin offered the vaccine to the UN’s employees free of charge.
Furthermore, Putin touched on climate issues. China just announced its goal to be carbon neutral by 2060. The time frame is not enough.
One of the main highlights of Putin’s speech was directly pointed at the United States. Putin stated that the US is not interested in cooperating under the START III Treaty. In other words: Americans, blame thyselves after February, 2021.
President Trump’s ultimatum will not do anything for the Kremlin. It is Trump that needs this diplomatic win going into the November presidential election. Putin uttered the phrase:
“We have declared a moratorium on the supply of ground-based missile weapons to other countries, provided that the United States will also observe a similar moratorium. We have not seen any progress in this direction.”
Could the statement be pertaining to the situation with Iran?
Putin also mentioned that some permanent members of the UN Security Council have a lack of understanding and distrust of Russia’s initiatives, which must be overcome for the sake of peace in the world.
Putin’s speech was measured, as expected. There were no grandiose statements or any new grandstanding. Putin gave a well-organized and worded speech. The points he made were expected.
President Trump’s speech, on the other hand, touched on China and holding the nation accountable for the coronavirus pandemic, also as expected. He went on about China misleading the world about the levels of transmission of COVID-19.
Additionally, Trump named China as the worst offender pertaining to pollution and plastic waste. Clearly, the speech was written in consulting with his party. Trump’s platform does not have much emphasis on the environment or climate change, nor does it have animal protection.
Trump also mentioned the US’ military might and economy. According to the transcript of Trump’s speech:
Trump speech transcript
“In three short years, we have built the greatest economy in history and are rapidly rebuilding it again. Our armed forces have significantly increased in size. Over the past four years, we have spent $ 2.5 trillion on our military. We have the most powerful army in the world, and they are not even close. We have withstood decades of China’s trade abuses. We are reviving the NATO Alliance, in which other countries pay a much fairer share. We have established historic partnerships with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to stop people smuggling. We support the people of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela in their just struggle for freedom. We have pulled out of the terrible Iran nuclear deal and are opposed to the devastating sanctions of the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. We completely destroyed the ISIS Caliphate, killed its founder and leader al-Baghdadi, and destroyed the world’s best terrorist, Qassem Soleimani. This month, we reached a peace agreement between Serbia and Kosovo.”
The latter sounded more like his election platform rally’s statements instead of a UN speech. To decipher the statements above, Trump actually ended the relationship that his predecessor, Barack Obama was working on with Cuba. A majority of the world economies are suffering due to the Coronavirus impact.
The speeches were as expected, and there was nothing new that was delivered to this year’s UN General Assembly.