UN world leaders rip Russia, earthquake rocks Mexico: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: World leaders condemn Russia’s invasion

The war in Ukraine has been a major theme at this week’s UN meetings. Plus, national political correspondent Phillip Bailey explains why Arizona’s secretary of state race is in the national spotlight, a new lawsuit accuses former President Donald Trump of fraud, money reporter Medora Lee looks at the impact of Federal Reserve rate hikes and another powerful earthquake rocks Mexico .

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Thursday, the 22nd of September, 2022. Today, the latest from UN meetings as much of the world condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Plus a closer look at rising interest rates and more.

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President Joe Biden yesterday strongly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and for the world to stand behind efforts against the aggression. In an address to the United Nations, he also called Russian leader Vladimir Putin reckless for making veiled nuclear threats.

President Joe Biden:

A permanent member of the United Nations Security Council invaded its neighbor, attempted to erase the sovereign state from the map. Russia has shamelessly violated the core tenants of the United Nations Charter. No more important than the clear prohibition against countries taking the territory of their neighbor by force. Again, just today, President Putin has made overt nuclear threats against Europe and a reckless disregard for the responsibilities of the non-proliferation regime. Now, Russia’s calling up more soldiers to join the fight and the Kremlin is organizing a sham referendum to try to annex parts of Ukraine, an extremely significant violation of the UN Charter.

Taylor Wilson:

Biden’s comments came after Putin accused the West of nuclear blackmail. He said, “Those who are attempting to blackmail us with nuclear weapons must be aware that the prevailing winds may also turn towards their side.”

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