Their conversation Thursday purportedly did not go well, a senior Ukrainian official told CNN. On the call, which the Ukrainian official described as “long and frank,” Biden was said to have warned that a Russian invasion was now virtually certain and imminent, while Zelensky restated his position that the threat from Russia remains “dangerous but ambiguous.”
The White House disputed that account and said that anonymous sources were “leaking falsehoods.” A spokeswoman said Biden warned Zelensky that an invasion in February was what she called a “distinct possibility.”
When asked about his conversation with Biden, Zelensky thanked the US President for his support but said the Russian troop build-up was not much more significant than what he had seen in the past.
“I’m the President of Ukraine, I’m based here, and I think I know the details deeper than any other President,” Zelensky said. “We don’t have any misunderstandings with President Biden. I just deeply understand what is going on in my country just as he understands perfectly well what’s going on in the United States.”