The relevant statement was made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the opening of the 26th Annual Economist Government Roundtable, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
According to Zelensky, it is only through greater unity in Europe and effective security guarantees that we can respond to those threats that are currently destabilizing the continent. In his words, the future of Europe – calm and peaceful – is simply impossible without it.
“We need such a unity in Europe that will become the largest in history. Of course, a lot has already been done for this. But not everything yet. For example, what is happening on the energy market in Europe and is happening right now should be viewed as a war. With its gas game, Russia is doing everything to keep inflation growing and to make Europe experience the biggest crisis in history this winter. However, at the same time, we see Greek companies providing almost the largest tanker fleet for the transportation of Russian oil,” Zelensky told.
According to the President of Ukraine, “this is happening precisely when another Russian energy resource is being used as a weapon against Europe and against the family budget of every European”. Zelensky expressed confidence that this does not meet the interests of Europe, Greece, or Ukraine.
In his words, this is just one example of the need for even greater unity, so that Russia is forced to seek peaceful solutions, namely in the hybrid wars it is waging.
“And if we mention the Russian banking system, is it already cut off from the global financial market? No. Connections are still maintained. And, therefore, there is still hope in Moscow that in the future it will somehow be possible to deceive the democratic world, somehow it will be possible to break the resistance, in particular, of European countries. Because if they made concessions in something, why won’t they make concessions in something else? This is the question,” the Head of the State stressed.
A reminder that, in late May 2022, the European Union introduced the sixth sanctions package against Russia, including a partial ban on Russian crude oil imports delivered by sea.