Published: 2022-04-06 16:32
Last Updated: 2024-02-27 20:02
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Wednesday condemned hesitancy in Europe over barring Russian energy imports, AFP reported.
New "rhetoric" about sanctions had emerged, he told the Irish parliament, "but I cannot tolerate any indecisiveness after everything we have gone through in Ukraine and everything that Russian troops have done.
"We still need to convince Europe that Russian oil cannot feed the Russian military machine with new sources of funding," Zelensky added, calling also for the total exclusion of Russian banks from Western finance.
The European Union is poised to implement a fifth round of sanctions cutting off Russian coal imports, while NATO and G7 foreign ministers are gathering in Brussels for further steps on coordinated action.
On Tuesday, Zelensky challenged the United Nations to "act immediately" or "dissolve yourself altogether" during a blistering address, AFP reported.
Zelensky called on the 15-member council to expel Russia "so it cannot block decisions about its own aggression, its own war."
Russia, as one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, has a veto, which it has repeatedly wielded to block resolutions and negotiations on the global stage.
"If there is no alternative and no option, then the next option would be to dissolve yourself altogether," Zelensky continued.
The United Nations could be "simply closed," he said. "Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to close the UN? And the time of international law is gone? If your answer is no, then you need to act immediately."