Zelenskyy urges Arab leaders to stand firm against Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told his counterparts in the Middle East that they must do more to oppose Russia's aggression, instead of "turning a blind eye".

Zelenskyy addressed the Arab League summit on Friday in the western Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. It was his first visit to the region since the start of Russia's invasion in February last year.

He pointed out that some Ukrainians are Muslim, and that they too have suffered.

He went on to say that some countries, including members of the Arab League, have "turned a blind eye" to Russia's illegal annexations.

Zelenskyy said he wanted them to take an honest look at the situation "no matter how hard the Russians try to influence."

Several Arab nations cooperate with Russia in the energy industry and other fields. In particular, Riyadh maintains strong ties with Moscow through the OPEC Plus group of oil-producing economies.

Zelenskyy urged the Arab League to support a ten-point peace plan proposed by Ukraine, including the withdrawal of Russian troops and the restoration of his country's territorial integrity.