Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the participants of the NATO Madrid summit Zelensky – NATO: Russia is fighting for the right to dictate terms to Europe
The President of Ukraine told the summit participants that Ukraine needs modern air defense systems
On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told NATO leaders that his country needs more modern weapons and money to defend against Russia.
At the same time, Zelensky warned that Moscow's ambitions are not limited to Ukraine.
He named the monthly cost of protecting Ukraine from Russian invasion at about $5 billion .
“This is not a war that Russia is waging only against Ukraine. This is a war for the right to dictate terms in Europe – for what the future world order will be, Zelensky said in a virtual address to the alliance's summit in Madrid. “That is why it is absolutely essential to support Ukraine… with weapons, finances and political sanctions against Russia that will make it unable to pay for the war.”
Zelensky stressed that Ukraine needs modern missile and air defense systems to counter Russian artillery, and added that Russia will not stop at seizing regions of southern Ukraine or the Donbass.
“It wants to swallow city after city in Europe, which the Russian leadership considers their property, and not independent states. This is the real goal of Russia,” the President of Ukraine explained.
“By providing them to us, you can completely break Russia's tactics of destroying cities and intimidating civilians,” he said. – The question is, who is next for Russia? Moldova? Baltic countries? Poland? The answer is all of them.”
While NATO is developing a new 10-year strategy that is “primarily a security strategy for your societies, your states,” Zelensky said, Ukraine is suffering from “winged rockets, torture, murders of children, rape of women.”
“Financial support for Ukraine is now no less important than assistance with arms,” he stated. – We need about 5 billion dollars a month – and this is important. This is exactly what is needed for defense, for security.”