CNN reports that there was a dispute during a telephone conversation between Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Presidents of the United States and Ukraine. This refers to their different assessment of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The White House and Bankova called the data obtained by the media untrue.
CNN, citing a senior Ukrainian official, reports that the conversation "did not go well." He noted that Biden had warned his colleague that a new invasion was almost inevitable. Zelenskyy, in turn, replied that there was a threat, but it was "ambiguous" and there was no certainty in the attack yet.
According to the official, the Ukrainian leader urged his counterpart not to whip up panic and added that intelligence in Ukraine considers the situation differently than in the United States. The source also added that Washington would not provide significantly more military assistance to Kyiv.
White House reaction
"Anonymous sources are 'leaking' falsehoods. President Biden said that there is a distinct possibility that the Russians could invade Ukraine in February. He has said this publicly and we have been warning about this for months. Reports of anything more or different than that are completely false," National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne clarified.
The White House also reports that during the conversation, Biden once again promised to respond to Russia's aggression towards Ukraine. He also added that Washington was exploring the possibility of providing Kyiv with "additional macroeconomic support."
How Bankova assesses conversation
Zelenskyy, following a conversation that had lasted an hour and 20 minutes, tweeted that he and his colleague had discussed "ongoing diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the situation and agreed on joint actions for the future," as well as the possibility of financial support to Ukraine.
Zelenskyy's press-secretary Sergii Nykyforov also denied CNN's insights, calling them suppositions and speculation.
"Some reports regarding the content of the talks between Presidents Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Joe Biden have appeared on social media, citing the alleged ‘senior ukrainian official’. These messages are completely false," he stated
Context. Previously, Biden and Zelenskyy talked on the phone on January 2. At that time, the Presidents discussed the security situation, reforms, and deoligarchisation.