Volodymyr Zilenskiy (the Ukrainian president) asked the leaders of the Group of Seven countries (G7) to provide more anti Russian air defense capabilities as well as support his plan to create an international observer mission on the Belarusian border.
Zelenskiy attended the virtual meeting of G7 leaders one day after missiles were dropped upon Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv. He demanded tougher sanctions against Moscow, and rejected any talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Zelenskiy stated, “When Ukraine has a sufficient number modern and efficient air defence systems, the key element of Russia’s terror, missile strike, will cease to work.” Zelenskiy thanked Olaf Scholz (German Chancellor), for expediting delivery of the IRIS T anti-missile defense system and Joe Biden (U.S. President) for delivering the air defense systems.
“We hope, Monsieur Président, that these systems will possess a medium to long range of effectiveness, which should permit the creation of a multilayered defense system.”
Ukraine’s Western allies sent heavy weapons and assistance to Kyiv since February’s Russian invasion. Zelenskiy’s government expressed gratitude for the assistance, but also requested faster delivery and more powerful weapons.
This week, Belarus announced that its troops would be deployed with Russian forces near Ukraine. This indicated a potential further escalation of the war. Belarus, a close Russian ally, has been used as a staging ground for the invasion thus far.
Zelenskiy said that Ukraine did not intend to attack Belarus, but wanted to make sure there was no threat to its northern neighbor.
“A mission consisting of international observers may be sent to the border of Ukraine/Belarus in order to monitor security conditions. The format can be worked out by our diplomats. He stated, “I ask for your support, at the G7 level, to the initiative.”
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