Ukrainian President Makes Statement, Says President Trump Did Not Blackmail Him

Ukrainian President Makes Statement, Says President Trump Did Not Blackmail Him

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday that despite not knowing whether any Ukrainians interfered in the 2016 US elections, the country will "happily" investigate the matter.

Mr Zelensky told reporters his aim in having a phone call with Mr Trump was to arrange a subsequent meeting and that he had asked the White House to change its rhetoric on Ukraine.

Congressional Democrats accused Trump of holding up military aid to use as leverage to pressure Ukraine for personal and political interests, such as coercing Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden before the 2020 presidential election, but Trump denied all these allegations.

At the same time, Mr Zelenskiy said Ukraine was open to doing a joint investigation into the situation with the United States. "There was no blackmail".

Zelensky said the phone call will not affect relations between Washington and Kiev.

Trump's claims that Ukraine allied with the Democrats in a plot to derail his 2016 presidential campaign, though no evidence of such a plot has emerged.

Zelenskiy stated he was open to a joint investigation into Burisma and the 2016 USA election however pressured Ukraine was an impartial nation with impartial legislation enforcement businesses whose work he had no proper to affect.

'There was no blackmail': Volodymyr Zelensky weighs in on impeachment discussion
Asked what Ukraine did to persuade the U.S. to release the aid, Zelenskiy said: 'We have many diplomatic contacts. Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday that there was " no blackmail " involved in the call he had with Trump.

"And we are in a position to examine interference within the (2016) election from the Ukrainian aspect, if it took notify". Because there is really much information on this out there.

Trump tweeted Thursday that Zelenskiy's comment that there was no blackmail during the July call "should immediately end the talk of impeachment!"

Zelenskiy said it was "wrong" of the White House to publish a rough transcript of the call and he will not publish the Ukrainian transcript. Asked whether the Ukrainian version matched up to the US one, Zelenskiy said: "I didn't even check, but I think that it matches completely".

Zelensky said he wasn't even aware that almost $400 million was being held up when he spoke to Trump on July 25. But the impeachment hearings mean that Ukraine will remain a central player in the US drama through the 2020 presidential election and beyond.

He additionally addressed different points which have dogged the early months of his presidency, together with his hyperlinks to a controversial enterprise tycoon, his relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his makes an attempt to finish Ukraine's warfare towards Russian-backed forces within the japanese Donbass area.

He's treading carefully to ensure continued support from the USA while trying to make peace with powerful neighbor Russian Federation. He spoke Thursday during an unusual, all-day "media marathon" in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as president.

Asked what Ukraine did to persuade the U.S.to release the aid, Zelenskiy said: "We have many diplomatic contacts".

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