French President Emmanuel Macron appealed to countries to not stay neutral and instead condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine, declaring that the war amounted to a new type of imperialism.
Macron insisted that negotiations to end the war could only succeed "if Ukraine's sovereignty is respected, its territory liberated and its security protected.''
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that Russian President Vladimir Putin was "trying to blackmail the international community with food" through his invasion of Ukraine in February.
"There is no peace with hunger, and we cannot combat hunger without peace," Sanchez added.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz heavily criticized Putin's invasion of Ukraine, calling it an act of "imperialism plain and simple" during his speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
Similarly to Macron, he urged other leaders to not remain passive, highlighting Russia's nuclear weapons and apparent war crimes committed in Ukraine.
Island states urge more responsibility by industrialized nations
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Marshall Islands President David Kabua both urged industrialized nations and the global community to take up more responsibility for countries already affected by climate change.