The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, said that further escalation of tensions with Russia is possible, but one should not panic. He added that the greatest threat to his country is internal destabilization, including the economic crisis.
– I do not think that the situation is more tense than before. Abroad, it is believed that there is a war going on here. It is not so, he said President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference.
“I’m not saying escalation is impossible, but we don’t need this panic,” he added. He also said that this was the position he conveyed to the US President Joe Biden during a Thursday phone call.
Zelenskiy stated that “if Russia communicates that it is in favor of talks with Minsk and does not intend to attack Ukraine, it can definitely show steps that confirm these words”. – Why so many soldiers and so frequent training? Russia says it has a powerful army. But why here, at our borders? To intimidate us? What is this masochism? We are not afraid. People live here, he said.
Zelenskiy: NATO is the only tough guarantor of Ukraine’s security
Zelenskiy stressed that the greatest threat to Ukraine is the attempt to destabilize the country from within, including through the economic crisis. Ukraine is stabilizing the hryvnia with foreign exchange reserves, but it needs military, political and economic support from the West. He explained that 4-5 billion dollars is needed to stabilize the Ukrainian economy alone.
NATO is the only tough guarantor of Ukraine’s security, but the eastern members of the Alliance are also exposed to cyber attacks and other forms of intimidation from Russia, said the Ukrainian president. He added that if a full-scale conflict with Russia breaks out, it will also affect the border states of the Alliance.
The president of Ukraine also accused the United Kingdom of allowing Russian money laundering in this country and turning a blind eye to oligarchs siphoning money from countries such as Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
Zelenskiy also criticized Germany for placing economic interests with Russia, such as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, over Ukraine’s security and territorial integrity.
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