The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, asked this Monday (23), in participation by videoconference at the Davos Forum (which will be held again after two years), the withdrawal foreign companies in Russia and invited them to participate in the post-war reconstruction of their country.
Zelensky made an appeal for Russia to be the target of what he defined as “compelling sanctions”, such as “on oil, blockade of all banks without exception, total withdrawal of foreign companies from the Russian market.”
“We offer (to companies) that they continue to operate in Ukraine, a market of 40 millions of people. I invite you to be part of the country’s reconstruction process, a great task. We must rebuild entire cities,” Zelensky told an exclusive audience of political and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland.
The Ukrainian leader called for decisive action from the international community to create a precedent that “ prevent any other aggressor from wanting to use brute force against their neighbor.”
While he was grateful for the international help that Ukraine has received so far, Zelensky stressed that it is still not enough.
“There are no more peaceful cities, but ruins. And instead of tourism, bombs and missiles. This is the result if we continue as we are”, he warned.
“ It is important to do it as soon as possible, with weapons, with sanctions. That’s why Ukraine needs all those weapons we’re asking for, not just the ones we’re giving away. And that’s why Ukraine needs funding, at least $5 billion a month,” he declared.
Zelensky said Ukraine has set several precedents, “the first being to show courage.” against Russian aggression, and another, “that of a union of the whole world”.
On the other hand, the Ukrainian president regretted that this union and pressure against Russia did not begin in 2014, when there was the annexation of the Crimean peninsula and the war in the Donbas region.
“If this had happened at the time, the union and pressure from governments and companies, perhaps the Russia had not started this large-scale war, and so many lives would not have been lost,” he argued.
Zelensky commented that Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea “are totally blocked” and that Russian forces “ are stealing our wheat day after day”, preventing the export of grain.
He emphasized the need to create a corridor to allow the export of grain and said he had discussed with foreign leaders, including the Baltic countries.