Ukraine’s Zelensky has appealed for more weapons at the Davos conference

Ukraine's Zelensky has appealed for more weapons at the Davos conference

Russia-Ukraine war: President Zelensky calls for an end to Russian trade. (File)

Davos:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky used the Davos summit on Monday to call for more weapons for his country and “maximum” sanctions against Moscow.

Speaking via videolink, Zelensky told the World Economic Forum that Kyiv could have saved thousands of lives if Russia had received “100 percent of our demand at once in February” when it invaded Ukraine.

“That’s why Ukraine needs all the weapons we want (for which), not just the ones supplied,” said Zelensky, wearing an olive green T-shirt next to the Ukrainian flag.

Zelensky called for an oil embargo on Russia, punitive measures against all its banks and a stay away from its IT sector, adding that all foreign companies should leave the country.

“There should be no trade with Russia,” he told a gathering of the world’s political and business elites.

“I believe there are still no such sanctions against Russia – and there should be.”

While the United States, Britain and Canada have moved to ban Russia’s oil and gas, the European Union is divided over similar measures. Members of the European Union, such as Germany and Hungary, rely heavily on energy supplies from Russia.

The war in Ukraine is dominating the talks in Davos, the first WEF meeting in more than two years. The Covid epidemic forced the cancellation of the 2021 private event and the postponement of this year’s Confab until May.

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