Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba struck a defiant tone during a session of the World Economic Forum’s 2022 annual meeting on Wednesday, flatly rejecting the idea that Ukraine should cede territory to Russian President Vladimir Putin. to save face.
“Concessions failed between 2014 and 2022, ultimately bringing us all the biggest war in Europe since World War II,” he said.
Asked about the possibility of a negotiated peace, Kuleba said: “If Russia had preferred dialogue to war, it would have behaved differently.”
He said there was still an urgent need for arms supplies and urged world leaders to provide more heavy artillery to Ukraine.
Kuleba stressed that the policy of sanctions against Russia should be reconsidered.
“The Ukrainian economy suffers more from Russian attacks than the Russian economy suffers from sanctions,” the foreign minister said, adding that the taxpayers of the world should not pay for Russian aggression, suggesting “we should do pay Russia” by seizing the assets.
Addressing food and staple shortages, Kuleba said those who thought the situation would only affect Russia and Ukraine are already feeling the pressure of the food crisis.
He reminded world leaders that “the price of every delayed decision is loss of life and loss of territory.” Kuleba said that although the situation is better than a month ago, countries should not drag their feet when making important decisions.
When asked if Ukraine would ever join NATO, he replied: “We are focused on winning the war.”
“It is war for our existence and our identity. This is the war between Russia as a state and the Ukrainian people, and it is impossible to win a war against the people.