Ukrainian president also attacks Germans

After lashing out at Hungary, Volodymyr Zelensky strongly rebuked German leaders.

English POLITIKA 2022. MÁRCIUS 30. 16:52

Addressing the European Council summit via a video call last week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sharply criticised Hungary. The Ukrainian president called on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to agree to the extension of sanctions to the energy sector, as well as urged the Hungarian government to allow shipments of weapons to pass through the country’s territory and to supply arms to Ukraine. The Hungarian premier rejected the requests, arguing that they are “contrary to Hungary’s interests” and that the country wants to stay out of the war.

“It won’t help to ruin ourselves, even if our hearts are with the Ukrainians. It is of no help if Hungary is goes bankrupt in the process,” the Hungarian prime minister said at a recent public forum. This week, the Ukrainian president addressed Danish lawmakers via a live video link and repeatedly called on Europe to take action against Hungary.

Volodymyr Zelensky, however, sharply rebuked other countries as well. The Times writes that in a video message played at the plenary meeting of the Bundestag, the Ukrainian president attacked Social Democratic Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Mr Zelensky demanded that Germany impose an immediate embargo on Russian energy imports, and accused the German leadership of placing the economy before the Ukrainian people’s lives. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes that Olaf Scholz on the public service ARD television channel rejected the immediate boycott, saying that if imports were stopped overnight, entire industrial sectors would have to halt their operations, which would affect an enormous number of workplaces.

About 55 per cent of Germany’s natural gas supply comes from Russia, compared to 85 per cent in Hungary.

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