"We all want to see another Vladimir here": Zelensky said in The Hague that Putin should be put on trial
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands, said that the world wants to see "another Vladimir" in The Hague, referring to Russian President Putin. He expressed confidence that this will certainly happen after Ukraine defeats the aggressor.
"We want to see another Vladimir here. We want to see him in The Hague - someone who deserves to be convicted of criminal actions. And that should be carried out here in the capital of international law," the guarantor said. He added that Putin would respond after Ukraine wins the war.
And it will win not only on the battlefield, in the fight against Russian aggression, the president is sure. After all, many countries of the world unite around helping Ukrainians defend their native land.
"What underlies this desire to help? The feeling that it is more than about the fate of one country. It's a sense that it's more than countering one aggressor. We must stop the war of aggression as such. We must stop the crime that sometimes appears in the minds of those accustomed to impunity. It is impunity that opens the door to aggression," Zelensky said.
Before this, Zelensky spoke in the Senate of the General States, the bicameral parliament of the Netherlands, where he was greeted by a standing ovation from members of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to Dutch media reports. He gave a speech, "No peace without justice," to the public and representatives of international judicial institutions in The Hague.
Tom van der Lee, an MP of the GroenLinks party, called the Ukrainian president's speech "astonishing".
The Ukrainian leader also held talks with Senate President Jan Browne and House Speaker Vera Bergkamp.
In addition, as part of his visit to the Netherlands, Zelensky is scheduled to meet with the leadership of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The head of state is also scheduled to meet with the prime ministers of the Netherlands and Belgium, an audience with King Willem-Alexander and a visit to a Dutch air force base.
This is Zelensky's first visit to the Netherlands as president and one of his few trips abroad since the start of the full-scale war.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- On May 3, Zelensky paid an official visit to Finland. In Helsinki, he held talks with President Sauli Niiniste. They concerned the war in Ukraine, preparations for the next package of EU sanctions against Russia, and preventing Moscow from circumventing the restrictions already imposed.
- Garant took part in the Ukraine - Northern Europe summit. The main topic of the six leaders' talks was geopolitical security.
- Zelensky also held talks with the prime ministers of Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland in Helsinki.
- Following his visit, Zelenskyy said that Ukraine might receive Western fighter jets after a counterattack.
- On the evening of 3 May, after visiting Finland, the Ukrainian president arrived in the Netherlands.
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