The aggressor country must be completely isolated from the world and punished, politically and sanctioned. Russia has started a new phase of escalation, so a new strong package of sanctions needs to be introduced. A peacekeeping mission should be placed on the border with Belarus.
This was stated by the President of Ukraine Volodymr Zelenskyi during an urgent meeting of the heads of the G7 countries.
According to the head of state, the Russian Federation is now trying to directly involve Belarus in the war and play out the scenario that Ukraine is allegedly preparing an attack against this country.
Belarus accused Ukraine of preparing the attack: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggested Russia’s involvementThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus accused Ukraine of preparing the attack. The Ukrainian agency replied that this could be Russia’s plan.
October 9, 2022, 01:44
«Ukraine did not plan and does not plan military measures against Belarus. We are only interested in restoring our territorial integrity. But in order to completely remove this provocation, to remove these narratives coming from Lukashenka, to remove even the assumption of any threat allegedly from us, we offer our solution: a mission of international observers can be placed on the border of Ukraine and Belarus to monitor the security situation.”– noted Zelensky.
“Russia should be completely isolated and punished. Punished both politically and sanctioned. I thank our European friends for the eighth sanctions package. But look – the eighth package is not a punishment for Russia. Russia has started a new stage of escalation, and therefore a new sanctions package is needed – a strong package. And I ask you to design it!“, the president said.
Zelensky also called on the heads of the G7 to respond symmetrically to Russia’s crimes.
“When Russia attacks the energy sector and the energy stability of our countries, it is necessary to block its energy sector with sanctions, to break the stability of Russian revenues from oil and gas trade. A hard price ceiling is needed for the export of oil and gas from Russia – zero profit for the terrorist state. Such steps can bring peace closer – they encourage the terrorist state to think about peace, about the unprofitability of war.”– he emphasized.
What else did Zelenskyi say?:
When Ukraine will receive sufficient air defensethe main Russian threat will be stopped:
With the current leader of Russia, who has no future, there can be no dialogue. He himself rejected the dialogue. Despite all our efforts to negotiate peace over the years. He speaks with ultimatums, terror is his attitude to the world, to other people.
Talks can be with another head of Russia – who will recognize the UN Charter, the basic principles of humanity, the territorial integrity of Ukraine – or in a different configuration, so that the key terrorist does not have the opportunity to influence key decisions through terror. Now one person is blocking peace – and this person is in Moscow.
Peace is possible not only when there is peace with one neighbor, but when there is peace with all neighbors. And I want to draw attention to one country. The territory of Belarus is already used for strikes against Ukraine. And now we see a bigger threat.
Russia is trying to directly involve Belarus in this war, playing a provocation with the fact that we are allegedly preparing an attack on this country. Indirectly – she has already drawn them in. And he wants to pull in directly.
Ukraine did not plan and does not plan military measures against Belarus. We are only interested in restoring our territorial integrity. But in order to completely remove this provocation, to remove these narratives that sound from Lukashenka, to remove even the assumption of any threat allegedly from us, we offer our solution: on the border of Ukraine and Belarus can be placed mission of international observers to monitor the security situation.
We will remind, according to the information of the General Staff, there are currently no signs of the formation of offensive groups on the territory of the Republic of Belarus and the movement of troops.
On October 10, Oleksandr Lukashenko announced that he had agreed with Putin on the deployment of a “joint regional grouping of troops.”
In addition, he accused Ukraine of provocations on the Belarusian border.
And the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus handed over a diplomatic note to the Ukrainian ambassador, in which Kyiv was accused of allegedly preparing an attack on their country.
At the same time, the Minister of Defense of the country stated that the information about the preparation of an attack by Belarus is “disinformation”, and they are not going to fight with Ukraine, Lithuania or Poland.