Ukraine's Zelensky calls for new global security system

Ukraine's Zelensky calls for new global security system

The president of Ukraine says global change is needed to prevent states from terrorizing each other.

The world needs a new global security model to avoid international conflicts, such as the current one between Moscow and Kiev, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said on Wednesday.

Zelensky also spoke about the flare-up of tensions between Beijing and Taiwan, Serbia's feud with Kosovo and the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict in the south Caucasus.

The global security architecture did not work, and all these situations seem different, even though they are united by one factor. If it worked, there wouldn't be all these conflicts, the president said in his daily video address.

In 2014, Zelensky claimed that Russia avoided immediate and tangible responsibility when Crimea voted to leave Ukraine and reunite with Russia after a coup in Kiev, and a conflict broke out in Donbass.

Now many in global relations believe that they will be able to do so as well, Zelensky said.

He stated that there needs to be an effective global security architecture that ensures that no state can ever resort to terror against another state.

In March, Zelensky proposed setting up a union of responsible countries that would be tasked with stopping conflicts via methods ranging from sanctions to financial aid.

Zelensky said on Wednesday after China launched snap military exercises around Taiwan in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei. China, which considers the self-governed island to be part of its territory, has issued stern warnings against the trip.

In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Zelensky said that he wanted Beijing to pressure Russia over its military campaign in Ukraine, which was launched in late February. China, however, has refused to condemn Russia or impose sanctions on Moscow.