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Ukraine hits again at Biden’s ‘absurd’ comment that Zelensky ‘didn’t wish to hear’ US intel on Russia

Volodymyr Zelensky’s aides have hit again at Joe Biden’s remarks that the Ukrainian president “did not wish to hear it” when US intelligence alerted him that Russia was making ready an invasion and had referred to as it “absurd”.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak criticised Mr Biden for placing the blame on Ukraine whereas Mr Zelensky’s spokesperson Sergei Nikiforov stated the comment “in all probability must be clarified” because it was their companions who had paid no heed to Ukraine’s considerations.

Mr Nikiforov instructed Russian-language Ukrainian information outlet Liga that Mr Zelensky had “three or 4 phone conversations” with Mr Biden earlier than the battle began, throughout which they exchanged “detailed” assessments of the state of affairs.

He additionally stated it was Ukraine that demanded preventative measures to place Russia on that backfoot however “our companions…didn’t wish to hear us”.

“Subsequently, the phrase ‘didn’t wish to hear’ in all probability must be clarified,” he instructed the outlet.

“As well as, in case you keep in mind, the president of Ukraine referred to as on companions to introduce a package deal of preventive sanctions so as to encourage Russia to withdraw troops and de-escalate the state of affairs.”

“Right here we are able to already say that our companions ‘didn’t wish to hear us,’” Mr Nikiforov stated.

Mr Podoliak instructed the identical information outlet that Mr Zelensky was constantly in talks over Russia’s intentions and stated Mr Biden’s feedback weren’t “not totally true”.

Mr Podoliak stated Kyiv had been “effectively conscious that Russia was creating numerous growth situations”.

“Volodymyr Zelensky always had an analyst on the desk primarily based on high-quality intelligence. The president additionally responded fastidiously to all of the phrases and warnings of our companions. The query was at all times: what would be the scope of the invasion?”

“And eventually, the important thing, I believe it’s pointless responsible the nation, which is greater than 100 days [into] a full-fledged battle towards a way more resourceful opponent, if key international locations have failed to forestall the militaristic appetites of the Russian Federation, realizing them effectively,” Mr Podoliak stated, in keeping with unbiased Russian outlet Interfax.

“Undoubtedly, the amount of the invasion, which we noticed on February 24, shocked many international locations, together with our companions,” added Mr Podoliak.

Talking to donors at a Democratic fundraiser on Friday, the US President had stated Mr Zelensky “didn’t wish to hear it” when US intelligence had gathered info that Russia was making ready to invade.

“Nothing like this has occurred since World Battle Two,” Mr Biden stated. “I do know lots of people thought I used to be perhaps exaggerating. However I knew we had knowledge to maintain [Russian President Vladimir Putin] was going to go in, off the border. There was little doubt. And Zelensky didn’t wish to hear it.”

Mr Biden was speaking about his work to rally and solidify help for Ukraine because the battle continues into its fourth month.

Though Mr Zelensky has impressed folks along with his management in the course of the battle, his preparation for the invasion – or lack thereof – has remained a controversial subject.

Within the weeks earlier than the battle started on 24 February, Mr Zelensky publicly bristled as Biden administration officers repeatedly warned {that a} Russian invasion was extremely seemingly.

On the time, Mr Zelensky was additionally involved that the drumbeat of battle was unsettling Ukraine’s fragile economic system.

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Top stories of the Day | 17 Aug 2021 | Now News