The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, urged Europe to respond to Moscow with a new round of sanctions on the “open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe”, a action that he considered as a “different form of terror”.
“The blackmail of gas to Europe is only getting worse every month… Russia is not going to resume gas supplies to European countries, as it is contractually bound,” Zelensky said in a message posted on the website. of the Presidency of Ukraine in reference to the announcement by the Russian gas giant Gazprom of a further reduction in supplies through the Nord Stream gas pipeline.
“All this is done deliberately by Russia in order to make it as difficult as possible for Europeans to prepare for winter. They do not care what will happen to the people, how they will suffer from hunger due to the blockade of ports or from winter cold and poverty. They are just different forms of terror,” he said.
The Russian state gas company Gazprom announced this Monday that as of tomorrow, Wednesday, it will halve its current supply through the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which was already at 40% of its capacity, which means that it will only supply 33 million cubic meters. daily, a volume too low to collect reserves for the winter.
“And that is why it is necessary to strike back… tighten sanctions. Do everything possible to limit Russian income not only from gas and oil, but also from remaining exports, and cut trade ties with Russia in as much as possible,” said the Ukrainian leader.
Zelensky also referred to the meeting he held in kyiv on Monday with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, which he considered “a bridge to the entire Latin American region.”
“The crises created by Russia affect everyone in the world and no one will manage to stand by when Russia causes chaos in the food market, energy markets or simply in international relations,” said Zelensky, who assured that Ukrainian diplomacy it is gradually opening up to other regions, such as Central and South America, Africa, the countries of the Arab world, or South and Southeast Asia.
With Giammattei, Zelensky said they agreed to lift visa restrictions between the two countries and restart bilateral trade and economic relations.