Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has sharply criticized NATO for its refusal to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion of his country.
Zelensky said NATO had given “the green light” to further bombing of Ukrainian cities by refusing his demands for a no-fly zone in an impassioned speech on Friday night.
The president said he disagreed with NATO’s assessment that a no-fly zone could lead to an escalation of conflict and confrontation between Russia and the military alliance, claiming that this argument showed “the self-hypnosis of those who are weak, underconfident on the inside.”
“All the people who will die from this day forward will also die because of you. Because of your weakness, because of your disunity,” Zelensky said.
“Is this the NATO we wanted? Is this the alliance you were building? he added.
“You cannot redeem us with gallons of fuel for gallons of our blood, shed for our common Europe, for our common freedom, for our common future,” Zelensky said.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have both ruled out a no-fly zone over Ukraine no Friday
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