President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that one way to prevent Russia from annexing Ukraine is for Western countries to introduce a ban all Russian citizens from entering in return.
In an interview with The Washington Post President Zelensky said that “the most important sanctions are to close the borders – because the Russians are taking away someone else’s land.”
He said Russians should “live in their own world until they change their philosophy.”
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Zelensky said, “Whichever kind of Russian … make them go to Russia.
“They’ll understand then.
“They’ll say, ‘This [war] has nothing to do with us. The whole population can’t be held responsible, can it?’ It can.
“The population picked this government and they’re not fighting it, not arguing with it, not shouting at it.”
“Don’t you want this isolation?” speaking directly to Russians directly, President Zelensky added, “You’re telling the whole world that it must live by your rules.
“Then go and live there.
“This is the only way to influence Putin.”
The Kremlin has shrugged off this call for a travel ban on all Russians on Tuesday and the spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the proposal was “irrational.”
Peskov added, that Europe will ultimately have to decide if it wanted to pay the bills for Zelenskyy’s “whims.”
Peskov added, “The irrationality of his thinking in this case is off the scale.
“This can only be seen extremely negatively.
“Any attempt to isolate Russia or Russians is a process that has no prospects.”