the president of UkraineVolodymyr Zelensky on Thursday called on the West to increase its support for Kiev, warning that if his country is defeated by Russiait will attack the Baltic countries and the rest of Europe “up to the Berlin wall”.
“If we disappear, may God protect us, then it will be Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, etc. Even the Berlin wall, believe me!”said Zelensky to the press, considering that the Kremlin could pursue rebuilding the entire European sphere of influence of the Soviet Union.
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He also called on Western countries to “close the sky” over Ukraine to Russian planes or hand over planes to Kiev.
The Ukrainian president also declared himself willing to speak directly with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
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“I have to talk to Putin […] because that is the only way to stop this war,” he declared, assuring that “we must speak without conditions, without rancor, as men.”
“What do you want from us? Get out of our land!” he exclaimed. Zelenskyalluding to the Russian president, who initiated the invasion of Ukraine eight days ago.
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“Sit with me […] but not thirty meters, as with [el presidente francés, Emmanuel] Macron or with [el jefe de gobierno alemán, Olaf] Scholz. I’m a normal guy, I don’t bite!” added the president.
Saying that, he was ironic about the long table at which the Russian president has received some of his guests, both compatriots and foreigners, under a drastic health protocol to protect him from covid-19.
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