Volodymyr Zelensky slams EU countries for ‘earning their money in other people’s blood’ by refusing to veto Russian energy supply
- Zelensky chooses Germany and Hungary to stop oil embargo
- He accused EU countries of ‘making their money in other people’s blood’.
- The EU has paid Russia £29 billion for energy since Putin’s attack on Ukraine
- But the bloc’s military aid to Ukraine amounts to only £830 million by comparison.
- Russian oil accounts for a quarter of German imports, down 35% since the invasion
Volodymyr Zelensky last night accused countries in Europe of “making their money in other people’s blood” by refusing to buy Russian oil.
Ukraine’s president singled out Germany and Hungary for refusing to support a complete ban on Russian energy.
They said: ‘We don’t understand how you can make money with blood. Unfortunately some countries are doing this. European Countries.
‘For example, and I want us to be clear, the oil embargo is, I think, one of the major issues that we know has been blocked between European countries by Germany and Hungary.
Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Germany and Hungary to stop an oil embargo that would prevent European countries from buying their own oil and gas from Russia
‘We need to talk together with these countries about how there can be different perspectives on this issue within the EU, the oil embargo.’
Data from last week said the EU has paid Russia £29 billion for energy since the invasion. By comparison, the bloc has given Ukraine around £830 million in military aid in that time.
The European Union has banned imports of Russian coal, but has resisted calls to completely shut down the Russian energy tap.
The block receives about 40 percent of its gas supply from Russia.
Russian oil accounts for a quarter of German imports, down about 35% since the invasion of Ukraine. The EU has paid Russia £29 billion for energy since the day of the attack, while the bloc’s military aid on the other hand totals £830 million.
Russian oil accounts for a quarter of German imports, down from 35 percent before the invasion, and gas imports have been reduced from 55 percent to 40 percent.
Britain, which gets about 8 percent of its oil from Russia, has said it will end imports by the end of the year.
Speaking in his position room in Kyiv, Mr. Zelensky also called for more arms supplies to Ukraine.
“The United States, the United Kingdom, some European countries – they’re trying to help and are helping,” he told the BBC. ‘But still we need it quicker, quicker and faster. The key word is now.’
Meanwhile, in an effort to continue showing its support to Ukraine, the United States is considering sending a top-level official to Kyiv – but President Joe Biden is unlikely to visit.
Several Western leaders, including Boris Johnson, have visited the capital in recent weeks.
Discussions are reportedly underway to arrange a visit to Washington in a show of support, but officials say it is likely to involve a cabinet member rather than the 79-year-old president.
Sources said Secretary of State Antony Blinken or Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are in the frame. Mr Biden told reporters last night: ‘We will make that decision very soon.’
Mr Johnson met Mr Zelensky in Kyiv on Saturday. The visit was not publicized in advance and even some of the Prime Minister’s close aides were not aware of it.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Oban won re-election on 3 April, but quickly emerged as one of the biggest opponents of EU sanctions on Russia within the bloc.
His visit was accompanied by the leaders of Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria, as well as the President of the European Union Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Any travel undertaken by the US is likely to take place without prior declaration for security reasons.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney became the latest European politician to visit Kyiv yesterday, meeting Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba and Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.
Mr Coveney told a news conference: ‘I am aware that Ukraine does not seek sympathy. It needs action and strong practical support, and even though Ireland is militarily neutral, let me make it clear that we are not neutral on this war and the future of your country.’