Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday called on the EU to end its “internal strife”, saying it had only helped Moscow and called on the bloc to impose further sanctions on Russia.
“All European quarrels must end, internal strife that only encourages Russia to put more pressure on you,” Zelensky said via video-link at the EU summit in Brussels.
He called for new sanctions against Russia, including a ban on Russian oil, saying “now is the time for you to be united, not divided.”
EU departments have slowed down the adoption of another sanctions package against Russia, with Hungary saying it would not support an oil embargo against Moscow.
“It is clear that progress should be made on sanctions against Russia,” Zelensky said.
“Unfortunately, for some reason that escaped me, we are still not there,” he said, adding that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban remained the main obstacle to agreeing to a ban on Russian oil.
Zelensky said that “greater unity” in the bloc was the only effective way to deal with Russia, stressing that Kyiv had shown how important unity could be in the fight against Russian aggression.
“If one torpedoed a ship, it would be impossible to expect one or more cabins to float if others sank,” Zelensky said.
He added that he hoped that all EU countries opposing the status of the EU candidacy in the fast-tracking Kiev would “change their minds.”
“We have met all the criteria required for this status,” the Ukrainian leader said.
Ukraine has been angered by remarks by German Chancellor Olaf Schulz that Kiev’s bid to join the EU could not be accelerated despite Russia’s aggression.
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