NEW YORK, January 29. /TASS/. Washington and Kiev are at odds over how to interpret information about Russia’s alleged preparations to invade Ukraine, CNN said, citing sources.
According to the television network, US President Joe Biden and his advisers “were annoyed by [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky is publicly downplaying the threat.” “The questions we have are, why are you fighting with the United States?” CNN quoted an official as saying. “Why are you disclosing and misrepresenting when the United States is one of the only real friends you have? And why ask for more weapons if you say the threat hasn’t changed?” the official added.
Meanwhile, according to the TV channel‘s sources, the authorities in Kyiv believe that Washington is “inciting panic and economic unrest inside Ukraine, while at the same time the United States refuses to take preventive deterrent measures such as the imposition of new sanctions on Russia”. “Kiev would find it more useful to take active deterrent measures such as immediate sanctions against Nord Stream than persistent verbal warnings of impending war over the past two months which have no deterrent effect and in fact have an unintended negative impact on Ukrainian economy,” CNN said, citing an adviser to Zelensky.
The broadcaster earlier reported, citing a senior Ukrainian official, that Thursday’s phone call between Biden and Zelensky “did not go well.”
The West and Kyiv have recently echoed allegations of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed the claims as “empty and groundless”, serving as a ploy to escalate tensions, stressing that Russia poses no threat to anyone. However, Peskov did not rule out the possibility of provocations aimed at justifying such claims and warned that attempts to use military force to resolve the crisis in southeastern Ukraine would have serious consequences.