President of Ukraine

The world must return Russia to its borders - Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Asian Security Summit

11 June 2022 - 14:17

The world must return Russia to its borders - Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Asian Security Summit

Today, the world must return Russia to its borders, not seek an understanding with it, because no one will be able to appease the Russian leadership with words alone. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the online participation in the Asian Security Summit "Shangri-La Dialogue".

"The military and political leadership of the Russian Federation can no longer be appeased. It's too late for that. Talking to them on a daily basis, imposing specific financial and economic sanctions - all this had to be done earlier, before the full-scale invasion. Today there is no "gray" zone, there is only support. If you support peace, you support Ukraine. If you support the specific war, then you find some kind of understanding with the Russian Federation," the President said in response to questions from summit participants.

According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, now no one will be able to appease Russia with any words - it will only be a political game on the part of the Russian authorities.

"I believe that today the world must clearly put the Russian Federation and its leadership in their place. And their place is on their territory. And they should stay there, live and decide what to do there," the President stressed.

At the same time, he stressed that Ukraine does not intend to cross Russia's borders in any way.

"Ukraine is on its own land. To go far to Ukraine means to enter the territory of Russia. We don't want that. We do not strive for that. We do not do that. We have no such plans. We respect international law, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of any state. But the war is on our land. People are dying on our land. That is why we are putting pressure on Russia from our land," the President said.

According to the President, the situation in Ukraine should become an example for the whole world of the need to impose preventive sanctions and take other steps to prevent war, without waiting for the beginning of armed conflict, when there are already hundreds of thousands of victims, millions of refugees and other crises.

"Because there is no positive from the war in the world. Nobody benefits from it, except for some political leaders, whose ambitions increase every day due to their political appetite,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy summed up.