Volodymyr Zelenksi instructed Ukrainian ambassadors abroad to “look for another job” if they could not gain support or sanctions.
In his nightly address to his country, Zelensky mentioned his recall of ambassadors to Georgia and Morocco, hinting that they had not done enough to persuade their hosts to support Ukraine and punish Russia.
“With all due respect,” Mr Zelenksy said, “if there are no weapons, no sanctions, no restrictions on Russian business, then please look for another job. In the coming days, I look forward to concrete results from the work of our representatives in Latin America, the Middle East.” Southeast Asia and Africa. “
Zelensky also said he expected the results of Ukrainian military attaches at embassies abroad. He said the “diplomatic front is one of the key fronts” in his country’s fight against Russia, which attacked on February 24.
Thanking the U.S. for an additional $ 500 million in aid, Zelensky said Ukraine was at a “difficult turning point” and needed tanks, planes and artillery. He delivered his address standing in the dark in front of the Presidential Offices in Kiev.
It is strange that the head of state exposes ambassadors in the same way as Mr Zelensky exposes ambassadors to Georgia and Morocco. Georgia voted in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution condemning the invasion on March 2.
However, the Moroccan ambassador disappeared when it was time to vote, meaning his country’s response was filed under “No vote recorded.” At the time, Jonathan Steele of the Middle East Eye described the disappearance as “the ultimate coward’s way out.”
Russia and Morocco have developed important ties over the last 20 years. Morocco was visited by King Mohammed VI of Morocco to conclude an intelligence partnership. Since then, Russia has invested in a Moroccan oil refinery.
In early 2021, Morocco approved the Russian Sputnik V vaccine for use against coronavirus, but the relationship seemed to have been damaged last fall. A senior Russian diplomat hosted a delegation from the Polisario Front, a movement fighting for the independence of Western Sahara from Morocco.
Georgia did not join the West in sanctioning Russia in early March, prompting Zelensky to withdraw his ambassador and accuse the country of “having an immoral stance on sanctions”.
Following extensive protests, the Georgian government has since stepped up its bid to join the EU.