Following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky‘s historic trip to the United States, the Kremlin said on Thursday that Washington and Kyiv were ignoring Russia’s concerns.
On a quick journey to Washington, Zelensky had a hero’s welcome and US President Joe Biden pledged roughly $1.8 billion in military supplies, including the Patriot missile defense system for the first time.
The Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters, “We can state with sorrow that thus far neither President Biden nor President Zelensky has spoken even a few words that may be seen as prospective preparedness to listen to Russia’s concerns.
“There were no actual cries for peace,” Peskov said, “and not a single word was heard warning Zelensky against the continuous bombardment of residential buildings in cities and villages in Donbas.”
To the last Ukrainian, he continued, “this shows that the United States is pursuing its course of de facto conducting an indirect war with Russia.”
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, said just hours before Zelensky’s arrival that Moscow will continue enhancing its military capability and the combat preparedness of its nuclear weapons in 2019.