Ukraine president throws shade at Biden over US absence: ‘Watching from afar’
Zelenskyy seemed to swipe U.S. President Biden and others who imposed sanctions against Russia
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy released a statement scolding his country’s allies for “watching from afar” as the country is forced to defend itself alone against a much larger Russian military invasion.
In a statement, Zelenskyy seemed to swipe U.S. President Biden and others who imposed sanctions against Russia, which he claims did little to deter Russian aggression.
“This morning we are defending our state alone. Like yesterday, the world’s most powerful forces are watching from afar,” he said, the Kyiv Independent reported.
He added: “Did yesterday’s sanctions convince Russia? We hear in our sky and see on our earth that this was not enough.”
The Ukrainian president also asked what more he has to do to get support from NATO: “Today, I have asked 27 European leaders whether Ukraine will be in NATO. I have asked directly – everyone is afraid, no one answers.”
“But we are not afraid,” he added, Reuters reported. “We are not afraid of anything. We are not afraid to defend our country, we are not afraid of Russia, we are not afraid to talk to Russia, we are not afraid to talk about anything, about security guarantees for our country, we are not afraid of talking about neutrality, we are not NATO members at the moment.
But what guarantees will we get? And most importantly which countries will give us those guarantees?”
Zelenskyy also boasted of his country’s defensive capabilities, suggesting they were winning the war and that Russia would be the one to initiate negotiating an end to it.
“Russia will have to talk to us sooner or later about how to end hostilities and stop this invasion,” he said, the Kyiv Independent reported. “The sooner the conversation begins, the smaller Russia’s losses will be.” Continue