US President Joe Biden said on Friday that his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky had no “didn’t want to hear” the warnings of the United States before the outbreak of the Russian invasion in February.
“I know a lot of people thought I was exaggerating”Joe Biden said at a fundraising reception in Los Angeles, referring to his warning about the possibility of a Russian attack.
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“But I knew we had information to support” this assessment of the situation, he added to reporters. Russian President Vladimir “Putin was going to cross the border. And there was no doubt about it, and Zelensky, like many other people, didn’t want to hear it. I understand why they didn’t want to hear it, but he (Putin) came in”.
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The United States had begun to warn about Russian preparations for an invasion of Ukraine long before President Putin announced on February 24 the launch of his “special operation” against the country.
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The warnings had drawn disbelief and even veiled criticism from Mr. Zelensky and some of Washington’s European allies, who at the time felt the United States was being too fearmongering.