The World Economic Forum continues this week as global elites meet to discuss a range of issues.
The theme of this year’s annual meeting – the 54th overall – is apparently “Rebuilding Trust.” But some updates coming out of the forum may provide a counterpoint to this theme.
First, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke before the WEF accusing the West of being weak. In a special address on Tuesday, Zelenskyy said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had proven himself to be a “terrorist.” He went on to say the lack of sanctions on Russia’s nuclear industry shows “a clear weakness of the West.”
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also spoke at Davos and offered a different take. Stoltenberg said continued support for Ukraine would lead Russia to “sit down and agree to some kind of just peace.”
Elsewhere in Davos, distrust also centered around US special climate envoy John Kerry. An exchange with a reporter from Rebel News showed Kerry responding in a hostile manner to questions regarding his carbon footprint.
Kerry, and Davos as a whole, have been the subject of criticism for some time, especially from conservatives, who accuse him of behaving like a hypocrite. His appearance at Davos follows a recent announcement that Kerry plans to step down from his position as special climate envoy within the next few months.
Davos continues this week, with many focused on discussions surrounding unrest in the Middle East and the potential benefits of artificial intelligence.