Monday, 14 October, 2019

Zelensky doesn't see corruption component, law violations in his conversation with Trump

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says 'There was no blackmail': Volodymyr Zelensky weighs in on impeachment discussion
Steven Clarke | 12 October, 2019, 17:14

National security officials complained to a White House lawyer about US President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine both before his phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky and immediately after it, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Even before the call, security officials were concerned about the removal of the USA ambassador to Ukraine in May, and also about efforts by Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to spread conspiracies involving Ukraine and indications that Trump wanted Zelensky to offer up potentially damaging information about Biden, according to the newspaper. After he was informed, he discussed the matter with during his September meeting with Vice President Mike Pence.

Democrats claim Trump pressured Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens by threatening to withhold approved military aid.

Zelenskiy said there were no conditions attached to him meeting Trump, including whether he should investigate the activities of Hunter at Burisma.

"There was no blackmail".

The White House has published its summary of the call between Zelenskiy and Trump.

He said he'd also support an investigation of alleged Ukrainian interference in favour of Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump's opponent in the 2016 US presidential election.

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Mr Zelensky was asked repeatedly about his relations with the Trump administration while speaking to reporters at a news conference that lasted more than 14 hours at a food court in Kiev with rotating groups of reporters.

Asked whether the Ukrainian version matched up to the USA one, Mr Zelensky said: "I didn't even check, but I think that it matches completely".

Mr Zelenskiy said he had no desire to interfere in the USA election next year but added that he was prepared to do a joint investigation into Burisma.

Mr Trump's personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani also alleges some officials in Ukraine conspired to help Mr Trump's Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

The July call embarrassed Zelenskiy because it showed him as eager to please Trump and critical of European partners whose support he needs to strengthen Ukraine's economy and to end the conflict with Russian Federation.

"I did not feel pressure and influence", Zelensky said.

He said he thought the July call would lead to an in-person meeting with Trump, and wanted the American leader to come to Ukraine.

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