The Kremlin slammed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s request for a Western travel ban on all Russians as illogical on Tuesday, saying that Europe would eventually have to decide if it wanted to pay the expenses for Zelenskiy’s “whims.”
In an interview with The Washington Post, Zelenskiy urged Western leaders to prohibit Russians from visiting their nations as retaliation for President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send soldiers into Ukraine.
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, said there was no way Russians could be separated from the rest of the world, and he questioned if Europe should continue to back Zelenskiy.
“The irrationality of his thinking in this case is off the scale,” Peskov stated during a press briefing.
“This can only be interpreted negatively. Any attempt to isolate Russia or Russians is a futile process.”
Sooner or later, Europe will “start wondering whether Zelenskiy is doing everything right, and whether its citizens should pay for his whims,” according to Peskov.
According to the Post, Zelenskiy believes that Russians should be compelled to “live in their own world until they change their philosophy.”
“Whichever kind of Russian … make them go to Russia,” Zelenskiy was reported in the Post as saying.
“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.”