PICTURED: President Zelensky has been delivering many video calls with nations, asking for support, always in his military fatigues.
ATHENS, Greece. April 7th 2022. In continuing his repeated appearances by video call around the world, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s desperate attempts to rally the world’s support took a turn for the worse.
Client states like French Guiana excluded, all of Africa, South America, and almost all of Asia, have decided against exiling Russia into something like the Biblical land of Canaan over their aggressive military actions in Ukraine, but the response in Europe has been almost universally in line with NATO and the EU’s strategy of economic and societal exclusion.
Zelensky has been repeatedly making appearances via video call across the world: in front of the U.S. Congress, on stage at the Grammy Awards, and last week in the Parliament house in Greece, where he decided, for whatever reason, to bring along a soldier from Mariupol who is a member of the Azov Battalion of neo-Nazi racial purists and alleged war criminals.
The man claimed Greek descent, and identified himself only as Michail. “I speak to you as a man of Greek descent. My grandfather fought against the Nazis in the Second World War. I am born in Mariupol and I am now also fighting to defend my city from the Russian nazis”.
While the most Rusophobic elements of western media have claimed the allegations of neo-Nazism directed at Azov are exaggerations, the Greek Parliament certainly didn’t see it that way.
“Solidarity with the Ukrainian people is a given. But nazis cannot be allowed to speak in parliament,” former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on social media. “The speech was a provocation”.
Another former Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called the video being played in parliament a “big mistake”.
Former-Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Kotzias said: “The Greek government irresponsibly undermined the struggle of the Ukrainian people, by giving the floor to a Nazi. The responsibilities are heavy. The government should publish a detailed report of preparation and contacts for the event”.
Greece suffered heavily and without allied aid under Nazi occupation during the Second World War, as did Ukraine, the difference being that a large piece of western Ukraine at the time were only too happy to see the Nazis perpetrate the Holocaust within their borders. These believers in Aryan superiority were led by a figure named Stepana Bandera, whom the Azov Battalion reveres, as does Zelensky’s political party.
Joe Lauria, writing for Consortium News on the story, reported similarly last week: “Zelensky has gotten into trouble before by referring to a nation’s history in his addresses to parliaments. He caused outrage in Israel for comparing what Ukraine is going through today to the Holocaust while completely ignoring the role Ukrainian fascists played in that Holocaust”.
Zelensky goes to Africa
On Monday, Zelensky shared a call with the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, with a request to speak at the upcoming meeting of the African Union which Sall chairs.
According to a tweet from the president they also discussed the economic implications of the war in Ukraine and the sanctions on Russia for Africa, who import a lot of food from the two countries, particularly wheat and other grains.
He didn’t say if the audience would be granted, only that the request was “noted”.
No African country has joined in on the economic sanctions policy, despite American urges to do so, and at the recent UN meeting, merely 8 of the 54 African nations voted for the removal of Russia from the Human Rights Council, including, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo DRC, Malawi, Mauritius, Liberia, the Seychelles, and Sierra Leone.
At the late hour, South Africa’s government has been the only African nation to unilaterally speak out against the war, warning that its effects will “reverberate across the world,” and that “no country is immune to the effects of this conflict”.
South African apartheid was ended in small part with some help from Soviet Union diplomats. Many countries there maintain warm relations with Russia based on diplomatic outreach during the latter Soviet period, something Zelensky would do well to remember if he is granted an audience with the continental union.