Speaking in an interview with Time, Zelensky said that he never talked to Trump from a position of quid pro quo, adding that the issue was not about whether there was any such exchange but about the fact that Ukraine was at war and that a strategic partner like the United States should not be withholding security aid at all.
"Look, I never talked to [President Donald Trump] from the position of a quid pro quo". That's not my thing.
"There was breaking news today, the Ukrainian president came out and said very strongly that President Trump did nothing wrong".
The call has been central to the impeachment inquiry into Trump in the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives.More news: The Engadget Podcast: Do you need Apple's AirPods Pro?
The inquiry centres around whether Trump froze almost US$400 million in military aid to pressure Ukraine to publicly announce separate investigations into interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, as well as former vice-president and political rival Joe Biden's son Hunter and his work on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.
"I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine", he said on the call.
It's not just a reminder that Trump's tweets are not to be accepted at face value; it's also evidence of a Ukrainian president making his dissatisfaction with Trump known for the first time.
In a new interview with Time Magazine, Zelensky restated the official position of his administration that no quid-pro-quo was ever established between the United States and Ukraine over an investigation into Hunter Biden. - And if you are our strategic partner, you should not block any assistance. "It's not a pair of quid pro quo, it's compatible a story in itself". It's about fairness for me.More news: Android’s ‘Focus Mode’ exits beta, adds new scheduling features
The aid is vital to Ukraine, which is in the midst of an ongoing battle to regain the Crimean peninsula, which was illegally annexed by Russian Federation in 2014.
Zelensky also commented on the prosecution of three total corruption in Ukraine. 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.
"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?" "But that signal from [the United States] is very important". "It just goes without saying", he added. Zelensky has on more than one occasion rejected that he was pressured by Trump, but there are reasons to be skeptical of this given Ukraine's deep reliance on the US.Impeachment witnesses, congressional lawmakers, and Ukraine experts have said Zelensky would never admit to feeling pressured or extorted because of Ukraine's culture and his need to keep the US on his side.More news: Himesh Reshammiya Replaces #MeToo Accused Anu Malik On Indian Idol 11
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