Volodymyr Zelensky criticizes EU countries for ‘making their money in other people’s blood’


Volodymyr Zelensky criticizes EU countries for ‘making their money in other people’s blood’ by refusing to veto Russian energy supplies

  • Zelensky pointed the finger at Germany and Hungary for blocking an oil embargo
  • He accused EU countries of ‘making their money in other people’s blood’
  • EU has paid Russia £29bn for energy since Putin attacked Ukraine
  • But the bloc’s military aid to Ukraine is just £830million by comparison
  • Russian oil represents a quarter of German imports, down 35% since the invasion

Volodymyr Last night, Zelensky accused countries in Europe of ‘making their money in other people’s blood’ by refusing to stop buying Russian oil.

The Ukrainian president pointed the finger at Germany and Hungary for their refusal to support a total embargo on Russian energy.

He said, “We don’t understand how you can make money with blood. This is unfortunately what some countries have done. European countries.

“For example, and I would like us to be frank, the oil embargo is, I think, one of the key issues that we know has been blocked by Germany and Hungary among European countries.

Volodymyr Zelensky has called out Germany and Hungary for blocking an oil embargo that would prevent European countries from buying their oil and gas from Russia

“We need to discuss with these countries the possibility that there are different attitudes towards this issue, the oil embargo, within the European Union.”

Figures from last week show the EU has paid Russia £29bn for energy since the invasion. By comparison, the bloc has given around £830million to Ukraine in military aid during this period.

The European Union has banned the import of Russian coal but has resisted calls to completely shut off Russian energy taps.

The bloc receives around 40% of its gas supplies from Russia.

Russian oil accounts for a quarter of German imports, down about 35% since the invasion of Ukraine.  The EU has paid Russia £29bn for energy since the day of the attack, while the bloc's military aid totals £830m.

Russian oil accounts for a quarter of German imports, down about 35% since the invasion of Ukraine. The EU has paid Russia £29bn for energy since the day of the attack, while the bloc’s military aid totals £830m.

Russian oil accounts for a quarter of German imports, down from 35% before the invasion, and gas imports have been reduced to 40% from 55%.

Britain, which gets around 8% of its oil from Russia, said it would phase out imports by the end of the year.

Speaking in his crisis room in Kyiv, Mr Zelensky also called for further arms deliveries to Ukraine.

“The US, the UK, some European countries – they are trying to help and are helping,” he told the BBC. “But we still need it sooner, sooner and faster. The key word is now.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to continue demonstrating its support for Ukraine, the United States is considering sending a senior official to Kyiv – but President Joe Biden is unlikely to make the trip.

A series of Western leaders, including Boris Johnson, have visited the capital in recent weeks.

Discussions are reportedly underway in Washington to arrange a visit in a show of support, but officials say it would likely involve a cabinet member rather than the 79-year-old president.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken or Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are in the frame, sources said. Mr Biden told reporters last night: ‘We will make that decision soon.

Mr Johnson met Mr Zelensky in Kyiv on Saturday. The trip was not announced in advance and even some of the prime minister’s closest aides were unaware of it.

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Oban was re-elected on April 3 but quickly became one of the bloc's most vocal opponents of EU sanctions against Russia.

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Oban was re-elected on April 3 but quickly became one of the bloc’s most vocal opponents of EU sanctions against Russia.

His visit followed other visits by the leaders of Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria, as well as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Any travel by the United States would also likely take place without prior announcement for security reasons.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney yesterday became the latest European politician to visit Kyiv, meeting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov.

Mr Coveney told a press conference: “I am aware that Ukraine does not want sympathy. It needs action and strong practical support, and even though Ireland is militarily neutral , let me be clear, we are not neutral on this war and the future of your country.

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