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'There was no blackmail': Volodymyr Zelensky weighs in on impeachment discussion

12 October 2019

They have alleged that Trump tried to use USA aid to Ukraine as leverage in an attempt to pressurise Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump's main Democratic rivals in the 2020 elections.

'And in case we need to find a solution to questions of this level, questions about our country's security, we use all our powerful possibilities.' He didn't elaborate.

"I wanted to have an informal meeting", Zelensky said of the media marathon.

Fiona Hill, who was until recently President Donald Trump's top aide on Russian Federation and Europe, plans to tell Congress that Rudy Giuliani and European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland circumvented the National Security Council and the normal White House process to pursue a shadow policy on Ukraine, a person familiar with her expected testimony told NBC News.

While Mr Zelensky was speaking, prosecutors in the United States said two of Mr Giuliani's associates had been arrested in a scheme to illegally funnel money to a pro-Trump election committee and other USA political candidates.

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

Zelenskiy invited USA and Ukrainian prosecutors to cooperate on an eventual investigation into the Bidens, but insisted he would not interfere.

Officials said that within hours of the 9 a.m. conversation, a rough transcript compiled by aides had been moved from a widely shared White House computer network to one normally reserved for highly classified intelligence operations. But the impeachment hearings mean that Ukraine will remain a central player in the USA drama through the 2020 presidential election and beyond.

The July call embarrassed the 41-year-old president 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.

"Biden on Wednesday for the first time called for Trump's impeachment".

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"We didn't speak about this", he told reporters.

Ukraine's president just can't stop talking.

He's treading carefully to ensure continued support from the U.S. while trying to make peace with powerful neighbor Russian Federation. The first involves Trump's claims that Ukraine allied with the Democrats in a plot to derail his 2016 presidential campaign. The theory contends, without evidence, that the hack of the Democratic National Committee was initiated from Ukraine.

Zelenskiy also joked about Trump's Twitter missives, saying he doesn't expect a change in US-Ukrainian relations in the future, 'but if there is, we'll learn about it on Twitter'.

"We've agreed on the pullback of the forces, but the current president [of Ukraine] still can't ensure the pullback", Putin said at a summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Turkmenistan on October 11.

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'There was no blackmail': Volodymyr Zelensky weighs in on impeachment discussion