Zelensky: Putin Lost Everything, China No Longer Supports Russia. PHOTO/Reuters
KIEV – President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned the President of Russia Vladimir Putin as an “informationally isolated person”. Zelensky also accused Putin of having “lost everything” during the final year of the war.
“He has no allies,” said Zelenskky, in an interview with AP, Wednesday (29/3/2023). He added that even China – an economic power that has long supported Moscow – was no longer willing to support Russia.
According to him, Chinese President Xi Jinping recently visited Putin in Russia, but left without publicly announcing support for Moscow’s campaign against Ukraine.
Zelensky stated that Putin’s announcement shortly after Xi’s visit that he would move tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus, closer to NATO territory, was meant to deflect the fact that the Chinese leader’s visit did not go well.
Despite Putin’s nuclear provocation, Zelensky said he was not sure the Russian leader was ready to use the bomb.
“If someone wants to save himself, he will absolutely use this. I’m not sure he’s ready to do it,” Zelensky said.
According to him, until now Western sanctions against Russia are not enough. He called for broader action against people in Putin’s inner circle.
More than 30 countries, representing more than half of the world’s economy, have imposed sanctions on Russia, including caps on Russian oil prices and restrictions on access to global financial transactions.
The West also directly sanctioned some 2,000 Russian companies, government officials, oligarchs and their families. More than $58 billion in sanctioned Russian assets have been blocked or frozen around the world, according to a recent report from the United States Department of the Treasury.
Zelensky said more needed to be done to target Putin’s supporters. “They should know that they will lose all their money, all their real estate in Europe or in the world, their yachts everywhere,” said Zelensky.
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