President of Ukraine Volodymyr Selenskyj received a delegation of US lawmakers led by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell in Kyiv. The House of Representatives in Washington had previously voted to support Ukraine with almost 40 billion euros.
But money alone won’t help him: “I’m waiting impatiently for US support for new sanctions,” said the Ukrainian head of state. “Among other things, we believe that Russia should be officially classified as a state sponsor of terrorism.” By helping Ukraine repel Russian attack, the US was protecting not only its country “but also democratic values and freedoms, the right of nations to freely choose their future.”
The President also repeated his call for an oil embargo. “The days of Europe’s dependence on Russian oil are over,” he says. That can no longer be changed.
In general, Zelenskyy wants to do everything to keep his Ukraine in the focus of global attention. So he wants to increasingly ask in Africa and Asia for help in the Russian war of aggression against his country. He wanted to speak to parliaments in other countries, said Selenskyj in his daily video speech on Monday night. In the past few months, the Ukrainian President had solicited support from parliamentarians in Europe via video – an appearance in Austria has so far failed.
The situation in Ukraine will also be the focus of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Zelenskyj will speak there via video transmission and the Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, will be there.
It will be an important moment in Ukraine, declared the organizers of the forum. In the absence of the unwanted Russian participants, a strong delegation from Ukraine, from government to civil society to the private sector, is expected online or on-site in Davos.