Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned Friday he trusts that President Joe Biden desires to assist repel the Russian invasion — however warned that the chief of the free world can’t prove it with out delivering desperately wanted fighter jets and missiles.
During an interview on Fox News, Zelensky was requested if he believed Biden “wants Ukraine to win” or fears how Russian President Vladimir Putin will react if his forces are defeated.
“I have faith that President Biden, like any true American citizen, believes and wants the truth to win — and the truth is on the side of Ukraine,” Zelensky mentioned by means of a translator.
“I believe that they want the values that make our nations closer, to win. That’s freedom. That’s democracy. Freedom of speech. Freedom to choose. Freedom to choose your dignified life, work, who to live with, who to love, how many children to have.”
But in remarks clearly aimed on the White House, Zelensky mentioned Ukraine badly wanted the fleet of Soviet-designed MiG-29 jets that Poland supplied final month — and which Biden refused to switch from Germany for worry of beginning World War III.
“We don’t want to receive a million of quality bulletproof vests, or some special brand helmets,” Zelensky mentioned.
“Just give us missiles. Give us airplanes. You cannot give us F-18 or F-19 or whatever you have — give us the old Soviet planes. That’s all. Give them into my hands. Give me something to defend my country with.”
Zelensky — who wore a trademark olive-drab navy T-shirt for the distant look — additionally mentioned he believed “that the people of the United States want that.”
“But if this process gets longer, continues to be delayed, if we can see that the process of transferring those weapons is getting slower, then people will begin to ask the question: Is it really true? Maybe there is some game behind it,” he mentioned.
“I don’t want to believe that some — some partners of ours are playing games. We want simple peace for our nation.”
Zelensky continued: “I don’t know if President Biden is fearing President Putin. I don’t — I believe that he doesn’t. I want to believe that he doesn’t. Because he’s the leader of a big nation, a great nation.”
The Ukrainian chief then gestured with each his palms, saying, “I’m holding my fists. That’s our tradition. I don’t know if you understand this.”
“I hold my fists or cross my fingers so that this will never happen — that any president of the United States would fear Russia, because America for us was always a symbol of democracy,” he mentioned.
“And I have faith that Ukraine is also now.”