Yes, Ukraine would like foreign assistance from the United States and its allies in its standoff with Russia; however, outside of providing defence weapons, the country would prefer that the United States just stay quiet, according to the head of Ukraine’s security council, as reported by The New York Times on Friday.
“When they start claiming that tomorrow you’re going to have war, just remember that the first thing we don’t need in our country is panic,” Oleksii Danilov, the security council’s chairman, told the New York Times in an interview. “Why? Because panic is the female counterpart of failure.”
It’s for this reason that we’re telling our partners, “Don’t shout so much,” he continued. “Do you believe there is a threat? Give us ten jets every day, seven days a week. Not one, but ten. As a result, the threat will be eliminated.”
Danilov, according to the New York Times, acknowledged that “the threat from Russia was serious,” and he expressed gratitude to the United States and other world powers for their assistance. As the New York Times points out, however, he also “appeared to cast doubt on American intelligence assessments of the origins of Russia’s military buildup.” He stated that, in the fall, when the White House first raised concerns about Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine’s border, Ukrainian intelligence revealed nothing unusual, according to him.
“We have a good understanding of what is going on and where it is going on,” he said. “Don’t try to portray us as inexperienced,” says the author.
Upon being questioned if he believed that pressure from the United States was making issues worse, he declined to answer and instead stated, “I really like the movie Wag the Dog.”
Since the beginning of the year, Russia and Ukraine have been at odds, with Russia maintaining its stance on Ukraine’s border while simultaneously asserting that it has no intention of invading. Despite the fact that the United States is extremely concerned, Ukrainian officials have expressed “a diametrically opposed assessment,” according to the New York Times.