Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday he was confident President Joe Biden wanted to help fend off the Russian invasion — but warned that the leader of the free world could not prove it without him. Urgently needed combat aircraft delivery and missiles.
During an interview with Fox News, Zelensky was asked if he thought Biden “wanted Ukraine to win” or feared how Russian President Vladimir Putin would react if his forces were defeated.
“I have faith that President Biden, like any true American, believes in and wants the truth — and the truth is on Ukraine’s side,” Zelensky said through an interpreter.
I think they want to win the values that bring our country closer. This is freedom. This is democracy. freedom of expression. freedom of choice. The freedom to choose your dignified life, work, who you live with, who you love, and how many children you will have.”
But in remarks aimed at the White House, Zelensky said Ukraine desperately needed the fleet of Soviet-designed MiG-29s used by Poland. Offered last month – Which Biden refused to transfer from Germany for fear of him The start of World War III.
“We don’t want to get a million high-quality bulletproof vests, or some private-brand helmets,” Zelensky said.
“Just give us missiles. Give us planes. You can’t give us F-18s or F-19s or whatever you have – give us old Soviet planes. That’s it. Give them in my hand. Give me something to defend my country with.”
Zelensky — who wore a dark olive trademark military shirt for the far-fetched look — also said he thought “the people of the United States want it.”
“But if this process continues to delay, and continues to delay, and if we can see that the process of moving those weapons slows down, then people will start asking: Is that really true? Maybe there is some game behind that,” he said.
“I don’t want to believe that some – some of our partners are playing games. We want a little peace for our nation.”
Zelensky continued, “I don’t know if President Biden fears President Putin. I don’t – I think he doesn’t. I want to believe he doesn’t. Because he is the leader of a great nation, a great nation.”
Then the Ukrainian leader pointed with both hands, saying: “I hold my fist. This is our tradition. I don’t know if you understand this.”
He said, “I hold my fist or my fingers so that this never happens – so that any president of the United States will be afraid of Russia, because for us America has always been a symbol of democracy.”
“And I am sure that Ukraine is now too.”
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