He additionally took the chance to ship a pointed message to Israel throughout his tackle to the Knesset by way of weblink at this time during which he in contrast Russia’s techniques to Adolf Hitler’s “final solution” – the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jews.
Speaking to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria earlier, Mr Zelensky mentioned of Putin: “I’m ready for negotiations with him. I was ready for the last two years. And I think that without negotiations, we cannot end this war.
“If there’s just one chance for us to stop this war, I think that we need to take this chance. We need to do that. I can tell you about the result of these negotiations – in any case, we are losing people on a daily basis, innocent people on the ground.”
He added: (*3*)
Mr Zelensky additionally mentioned Putin would have thought twice about launching army motion if Ukraine had been allowed to grow to be a member of the alliance.
He defined: “If we were a NATO member, a war wouldn’t have started. I’d like to receive security guarantees for my country, for my people. If NATO members are ready to see us in the alliance, then do it immediately because people are dying on a daily basis.”
He added: “I requested them personally to say directly that we are going to accept you into NATO in a year or two or five, just say it directly and clearly, or just say no. And the response was very clear, you’re not going to be a NATO member, but publicly, the doors will remain open.”
Speaking to the Knesset – Israel’s fundamental legislature – Mr Zelensky, who is himself Jewish, questioned Israel’s reluctance to promote the Iron Dome defence system to Ukraine.
He mentioned: “Everybody is aware of that your missile defence techniques are one of the best and which you can undoubtedly assist our folks, save the lives of Ukrainians, of Ukrainian Jews.
“We can ask why we won’t obtain weapons from you, why Israel has not imposed highly effective sanctions on Russia or is not placing strain on Russian business. Either approach, the selection is yours to make, brothers and sisters, and it’s essential to then reside along with your answer, the folks of Israel.”
Numerous wealthy Jewish Russians have ties with Israel, although it is not clear how many of them are currently in the country.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, 55, who Forbes currently estimates to be worth £5.4billion, was sanctioned by the UK Government earlier this month, has Israeli, as well as Russian and Portuguese, citizenship.
Ukraine-born Mikhail Fridman, 57, reputedly worth £9.25billion and the owner of £65million Athlone House in Highgate, was likewise sanctioned by the UK on Tuesday. He too holds Israeli citizenship – although last week he claimed he did not have enough money to move there.
German Khan, 60, estimated to be worth £6.5billion, is also subject to UK sanctions, also has Israeli citizenship, as well as Ukrainian and Russian passports.
Petr Aven, 67, President of Alfa Bank and co-founder of LetterOne, is another sanctioned individual who has links to Israel, having acted as a guest professor and lecturer at Bar-Elan University in the past. Mr Aven has a fortune of £3.25billion according to Forbes.