President Zelensky asks Italy to support blanket embargo on Russia

22 March, 07:00 PM
President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks before the Italian parliament on March 22 (Photo:Remo Casilli/Pool/Reuters)

President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks before the Italian parliament on March 22 (Photo:Remo Casilli/Pool/Reuters)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the Italian parliament and people to support a complete embargo on Russia, including oil imports, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reports.

“You know who brought war to Ukraine,” Zelensky said in an address to the Italian parliament.

“You clearly know who issues orders to fight and (who is) propagating it. Almost all of them use Italy as a holiday destination.” 

He called on the Italian legislature to block the property, accounts and yachts of those with influence.

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“Support sanctions against Russia, a complete embargo on trade, starting with oil,” Zelensky said.

He also called on Italians to support a ban on Russian ships entering Italian ports and the imposition of sanctions against Russian banks.

“There should be no exceptions to the sanctions regime for any of the Russian banks…” Zelensky said. “Help us stop the killings and save Ukrainian families. This war must be stopped as soon as possible.” 

Earlier, it emerged that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, at the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, offered Zelensky asylum in the United Kingdom, but he refused.

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