Russia has criticized Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s proposal to ban all Russian travelers from traveling to the West, saying the move would be impractical and counterproductive.
In a Washington Post interview published Monday, Zelensky called on Western countries to close their borders to all Russian nationals – regardless of their position on their country’s invasion of Ukraine – ahead of planned referendums that could see captured Ukrainian territories join Russia.
Anti-War Russians slammed Zelensky’s proposal, Attention it could backfire and solidify Putin’s support base.
The Kremlin also criticized the Ukrainian leader’s appeals as “out of scale irrationality”.
“Any attempt to isolate the Russians or Russia is a process that has no prospects,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday, warning that Zelensky could “sooner or later” start losing. its support in Europe.
In his latest inflammatory comments, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev compared Zelensky to Adolf Hitler.
“Ukraine’s chief clown suggested to ‘hold the whole population of Russia accountable,'” Medvedev wrote in an English-language tweet on Tuesday.
“It was Adolf Hitler who last tried to apply such ideas to a people as a whole. Are there any questions about the nature of the Ukrainian regime? said Medvedev.
The US government has threatened Russia with additional sanctions if planned referendums in Ukraine’s Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions – which it describes as sham votes – are held.
Leaders of European countries sharing land borders with Russia have stepped up their own calls for EU governments to stop issuing visas to Russians in recent days.
The Kremlin has repeatedly claimed it invaded Ukraine to defend itself against “fascists” who it baselessly claims have taken over the pro-Western government in Kyiv, despite Zelensky’s Jewish heritage.