Western support for Ukraine remains divided: President Volodymyr Zelensky

Western support for Ukraine remains divided: President Volodymyr Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that the West was divided over the amount of support it had given to Ukraine in its defense against Russia’s month-long aggression.

“Unity is about weapons. My question is, is there really this unity? I don’t see that. We will have a huge advantage over Russia when we are truly united,” Zelensky said during a panel discussion on Ukraine in the world economy. Forum

Washington and European nations have poured billions of dollars worth of weapons into Ukraine to help the country’s foreign forces defeat well-armed Russian invaders.

Kyiv has called for greater support, membership in the US-led NATO military alliance and the imposition of a no-fly zone over the country.

Zelensky said Ukraine was grateful for the support of US President Joe Biden but said the resolution was close to home.

“We are on the continent of Europe and we need the support of a united Europe,” he added.

Zelensky specifically named neighboring Hungary, which opposes EU-wide sanctions on Russian oil, another key Ukrainian claim.

“Hungary is not as united as the rest of the European Union,” Zelensky said.

He also pointed to the lack of consensus on the historic bid by Sweden and Finland to join NATO, which has been questioned by Turkey.

“Is there such a unity between Finland and Sweden joining NATO? No, no. So, is there a strong united West? No,” said the Ukrainian leader.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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