Many European leaders, including US President Joe Biden, should be asked if they would heed Ukraine’s demands for preventive sanctions against Russia to prevent war.
“It would be fair if they (European leaders, -ed.) listened to me in advance as the head of the Ukrainian state, if they listened to what we warned about. I mean preventive sanctions so that a war does not start, presentation of our strategy for the Black Sea, the construction of the Black Sea Fleet with a partner country,” he said.
Zelensky stressed that Ukraine had said that Russia would block the Black Sea. At the same time, the Ukrainian authorities were talking about a missile program.
“I reported on this a year ago and presented a program of what we need in terms of air defense for our defense – and this is the right answer to your question,” the president said.
He also added that if world leaders had heard him, Ukraine would have had a better chance of stopping the Russian invasion.
“The signals you’re talking about were different. Look, if everything happened this way, if everyone warned Ukraine that there would be a full-scale invasion tomorrow, the question is why the airspace was not closed, why we were not supplied with weapons before that invasions, and why weren’t temporary sanctions introduced so that the Russian president was preventively stopped? That’s how I would answer this question,” Zelensky said.
Earlier it was reported that Bloomberg published a material with a statement by Biden, in which he claims that Zelensky allegedly did not pay attention to warnings from Washington that Russia was preparing to invade Ukraine in February.
Representative of the Office of the President Mikhail Podolyak reacted to this situation , emphasizing that the Ukrainian authorities knew about all the scenarios that the Russian Federation was developing.
At the same time, US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink said that this story does not deserve to be news.
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