Volodymyr Zelensky disputes USA claims of corruption in Ukraine

Cheryl Sanders
December 3, 2019

Trump mischaracterized Zelensky's remarks, applauding them in a Monday morning tweet as an exoneration and declaring that his Ukrainian counterpart had "just again announced that President Trump has done nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine and our interactions or calls". "If the Radical Left Democrats were sane, which they are not, it would be case over!" "If you're our strategic partner, then you can't go blocking anything for us".

Zelenskiy, a former comedian turned politician, has been in office for barely six months and his conversations with Trump are the topic of intense scrutiny in the USA, with their July 25 phone call at the center of the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

The conflict in Ukraine, which broke out in 2014 after pro-Western politicians took power in Kiev and Russian Federation annexed Crimea, has killed more than 13,000 people.

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

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a newly-released interview that he never discussed "quid pro quo" with President Donald Trump, once again denying any link between the release of US military aid in exchange for investigations.

"I did not speak with US President Trump in those terms: you give me this, I give you that", Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with European publications including Germany's Der Spiegel magazine. I think that's just about fairness. "I don't want us to look like beggars", Zelenskiy said in the transcript. "Can you clarify this issue of the quid pro quo?" It just goes without saying.

"When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals", he said.

"There is also nothing wrong with asking serious questions about the presence of Vice President Biden's son, Hunter Biden, on the board of directors of Burisma, a corrupt Ukrainian company, or about Ukraine's attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election". It's not that those things don't exist.

But that's how Trump operates, counting on people not to take the extra step and read the Zelensky interview for themselves.

"All branches of government were corrupted over many years", he said. "Investments, banks, stakeholders, companies, American, European, companies that have worldwide capital in Ukraine, it's a signal to them that says, 'Be careful, don't invest.' Or, 'Get out of there.' This is a hard signal".

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