Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky presents an amazing video at the Doha Forum in Qatar
DOHA, QATAR – Ukraine’s president presented an astonishing video at the Doha forum in Qatar on Saturday, urging energy-rich countries and others to increase their production in response to the loss of Russian energy supplies.
Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the United Nations and world powers to come to his aid, as he has a series of other addresses given around the world since the start of the war on February 24. He compared the destruction of the Russian port city of Mariupol to the destruction of Syria and Russia in the Syrian city of Aleppo during the Syrian war.
“They are destroying our port,” Zelensky said. “The absence of exports from Ukraine will be a shock to countries around the world.”
The loss of Ukrainian wheat has already worried Middle Eastern countries, such as Egypt, which rely on these exports.
Zelensky called on countries to increase their energy exports – especially important because Qatar is a world leader in natural gas exports.
He criticized Russia, which he described as a threat to the world with its nuclear weapons, and raised the possibility of using strategic nuclear weapons on the battlefield.
“Russia is deliberately bragging that they can destroy nuclear weapons, not just one country, but the entire planet,” Zelensky said.
He further added that the Muslims of Ukraine will have to fight during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan during Ramadan.
“We need to make sure that this holy month of Ramadan is not filled with misery for the people of Ukraine,” he said.
Meanwhile, Qatar’s Emir has criticized Israel for its treatment of Palestinians over the past 70 years, urging the world to stand up to a growing global militarization that has culminated in Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani sought to draw a line between anti-Semitism and the ability of Palestinians to criticize Israel for occupying land they hoped would have a state of their own. Sheikh Tamim’s remarks come as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates regularize diplomatic relations with Israel in 2020.
At the beginning of the forum, Sheikh Tamim said, “It is noteworthy that anti-Semitism allegations are now being misused against all critics of Israeli policy, and this hinders the fight against racism and genuine anti-Semitism.”
“While emphasizing solidarity, I would like to remind millions of Palestinians in this context who have been the victims of Israeli occupation and international neglect for more than seven decades,” he added. Such as the Syrian people and the Afghan people, for whom the international community has failed to deliver justice. “
There was no immediate reaction from Israel.
However, Israel and Qatar have discussed ways to reduce tensions in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Qatar, which supports Islamist groups across the region, has taken steps to provide humanitarian assistance, including cash-filled suitcases sent to Gaza with Israeli permission.
Support for Qatar’s Islamists saw it become the target of a year-long boycott by four Arab countries while in office of President Donald Trump. The boycott ended just before President Joe Biden took office in 2021.
John Gambler, an Associated Press writer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.
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