Europe’s dependence on Russian oil and gas finances the rape and murder of Ukrainian children, a Sky MP and member of the country’s delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos told Sky News.
Ivana Kilmpush-Tsintsadze, an MP and former minister, said Western nations and companies needed to end Moscow “as usual” and called for increased supplies of heavy weapons, a total embargo on gas and oil and tougher sanctions.
The MP is in Davos to convey the message directly to political and business leaders as part of the largest diplomatic delegation from Kyiv since the war.
President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky speak at a video conference on Monday, when the annual meeting of business, political and civil society leaders meets in person for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
“We are here to convey a message from our country; the need to unite and abandon attempts to conduct with the Russian Federation in the usual way to protect everything we believe in, prosperity, democracy, freedom, “she said.” They are important for business, as well as for governments and people. ».
Ms. Kilmpush-Tsintsadze said the provision of heavy weapons was the greatest “humanitarian” contribution the West could make, and that she would call on states, including Germany, to boycott Russian gas and oil.
“I came to Davos via Berlin, it was a difficult day to talk, but I’m glad they are at least following the oil embargo, which gives me little hope that they are seriously considering a full gas embargo,” she said. . .
“We see the consequences of decades of dependence on Russia without thinking about it.
“When you pay Russian companies for their oil and gas, you give them the resources to continue to destroy our cities, our villages, kill our children, rape our women, the elderly, the babies, the little ones and destroy our country.”
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will address the WEF later this week, one of 50 national leaders and heads of state with 2,500 delegates gathered in the Alps in the shadow of the security crisis and the economic crisis caused by the Russian invasion.
None of the UK’s top ministers are currently scheduled to attend, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Business Secretary Kwasi Quarteng have declined to attend a meeting between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the prime ministers of the Netherlands, Spain and Greece.
There will be no Russian presence. The oligarchs, who used to hold the most magnificent parties here, are banned, as are companies and institutions of the Russian state.
Ukraine will dominate the discussions in the congress hall and on the conference grounds, the conflict heightens concerns about world energy prices and inflation, and raises concerns about food security.
Climate change will also be a constant topic that was pushed back to the agenda after COP26 last year due to the financial crisis and war, when states sought short-term alternatives to fossil fuels for Russian energy sources.
Alok Sharma, who is still the president of COP26, will address the delegates, and US Climate Envoy John Kerry will share the platform with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua.
Davos promises to be a little less generous than in previous years, but at a meeting that praises the values of liberal capitalism, there will still be a few voices of dissent.
Given the external context of the intersection of security crises, economic and food crises and the shaky recovery of COVID, there may be little time to consider how things have gone so badly.