Zelensky: The pace it is more important than diamonds and Russian gas

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday called on Belgium to hand over arms to his country to help defeat Russian forces, in particular to Mariupol, underlining that the pace it is more important than trade with Russia.

Zelensky referred to the diamond trade, of which the Belgian city of Antwerp is the capital in Europe, according to AFP.

As he told the Belgian parliament, “I think the pace is much more valuable than diamonds, deals with Russia and Russian ships in ports and more than Russian oil and gas, so help us. “

The Belgian “Greens” party, participating in the ruling coalition led by the Liberal Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo, has called for a halt to the importation of rough diamonds in Belgium through Russian companies linked to the regime of President Vladimir Putin.

Antwerp is a stronghold for rough diamond cutting and polishing and the sales value of Russian companies in city ​​was about $ 1.8 billion in 2021, according to the Grune party.

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