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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Says Russia Is Generating Nuclear Weapons Race

Volodymyr Zelensky also called on Qatar to increase production because of the conflict.

Doha, Qatar:

Russia’s “bragging” about its nuclear weapons is fueling a dangerous arms race, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the Doha Forum on Saturday.

Zelensky also called on Qatar, which hosts the annual meeting of international political and business leaders, to increase natural gas production to oppose Russia’s efforts to use energy as a weapon.

“They brag that they can destroy with nuclear weapons not only a particular country but the entire planet,” Zelensky said in a live video message to the forum on the 31st day of Russia’s military offensive against his country.

When Ukraine dismantled its nuclear stockpiles in the 1990s, it was given “security guarantees from the most powerful countries in the world”, including Russia, he said in comments translated into English for the conference.

“But this guarantee is not a guarantee. And in fact, one of the countries that should have given one of the biggest security promises started working against Ukraine and this is a major manifestation of injustice,” added Zelensky.

Zelensky also called on Qatar, one of the world’s three best natural gas producers, to increase production because of the conflict.

“The future of Europe lies in your efforts,” he told attendees including the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

“It depends on your production. I ask you to increase energy production to make sure everyone in Russia understands that no country can use energy as a weapon.”

European countries have vowed to cut off Russian oil and gas and have already turned to Qatar for alternative supplies.

Germany is committed to building two large terminals to receive liquefied gas from Qatar, the Gulf state said last week after a visit by German ministers.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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