Ukraine’s Zelensky again denies quid pro quo during Trump phone call

Cheryl Sanders
December 4, 2019

Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.In a new interview with Time and three European outlets, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rejected one of President Donald Trump's central talking points in defending his decision to withhold millions in military aid from Kiev. That's not my thing. "I don't want us to look like beggars", Zelenskiy said in the transcript.

Breaking News: The President of Ukraine has just again announced that President Trump has done nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine and our interactions or calls.

"That should be case over", Trump said in reference to the House's impeachment inquiry into whether Trump conditioned USA aid to Ukraine and a White House meeting on Zelensky's announcement of investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and the 2016 election. In an earlier tweet, Trump emphasized that Zelensky had reiterated that the US president had in no way acted improperly with regard to Ukraine, including during telephone conversations.

He said he never discussed with Trump any connection between a delay in U.S military aid and Trump's request for investigations.

"I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine", he said on the call. Shortly after his victory, a phone call with US President Donald Trump embroiled Zelensky in a political scandal that continues to rock both countries.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied once more that President Trump broken-down almost $400 million in defense power wait on as a bargaining chip to stress him to originate investigations into aged Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine's feature in the 2016 USA election. "And in the event you are our strategic accomplice then you definately must not ever block any help". Can you clarify this issue of the quid pro quo?

Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday that it was Russian Federation - not Ukraine - that interfered in the 2016 presidential election, breaking with a number of fellow Republicans who contend, without evidence, that Ukraine may have also tried to meddle in the results. I think that's just about fairness. At the same time, Zelensky said his conversations with Trump were not about a quid pro quo, which aligns with what the leader has said since the controversy started. "It just goes without saying", he added.

"Are we going to be sending massive amounts of money to a country and they're corrupt and they steal the money and that goes into everybody's bank account?" "For me it's very important for the USA with all they can do for us, for them really to understand that we are a different country, that we are different people".

In the interview, Zelenskiy told reporters that while Trump's former special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker "tried hard" and had "a lot of success" in peace talks with Russia, Ukraine still requires support from the U.S.

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