The President of Ukraine, Volodímir Zelenski, received a telephone call on Friday night from his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in which both leaders addressed the importance of continuing the diplomatic path to defuse the current crisis.
Early on Friday, Zelensky warned his Western allies by summoning European ambassadors. Then he summoned the international press. Zelensky stated that Russia does pose an imminent threat to Ukraine and to the entire European continent; and said that what is at stake right now is the stability of Europe.
Anelise Borges asked the Ukrainian leader about his previous statements, in which Zelenski downplayed the threats, assuring that the situation was under control and that panic should not spread.
Zelensky said his responsibility as head of state is not to fuel fear and panic, which can only damage his country’s ability to deal with the current crisis. Zelensky replied that what Ukraine needs is military, financial and moral support, and that it is time for NATO to send a clear signal to Ukraine about its support, considering the current escalation.
Zelensky said that NATO is not only trying to prevent war, but also to safeguard peace, and that it is high time that the members of this alliance show that they have understood this.
Anelise Borges, from Kiev, for Euronews.