Zelensky doesn't see corruption component, law violations in his conversation with Trump

Zelensky doesn't see corruption component, law violations in his conversation with Trump

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this week that in his July phone call with President Donald Trump, there was no talk of blackmail or bribes.

The US House of Representatives is conducting an impeachment inquiry into Trump over alleged abuse of power during the 25 July call in which he asked Ukrainian leader Zelensky to conduct a probe of potential 2020 White House rival Joe Biden and his son, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

Responding Thursday to questions from The Associated Press, Zelenskiy said that he only learned after their July 25 phone call that the USA had blocked hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.

Mr Zelensky said he had never met them.

Asked whether the Ukrainian version matched up to the U.S. one, Mr Zelensky said: "I didn't even check, but I think that it matches completely".

The White House published its summary of the call between Mr Zelensky and Mr Trump last month. "This was not the subject of our conversation", Zelenskiy said.

Ukraine's president just can't stop talking.

Zelenskiy said there were no conditions attached to him meeting Trump, including whether he should investigate the activities of Hunter at Burisma. All but US$30-million of the USA aid was released in mid-September.

Zelenskiy is giving an all-day "press marathon" amid growing questions about his actions as president. After nine hours, the 41-year-old president was still going strong.

The security officials - at least four of them - raised their concerns with National Security Council legal advisor John Eisenberg, the Post said, citing U.S. officials and other people familiar with the matter.

"I don't want to be pulled into this because I understand that my words could impact the elections of the American people", he said. He said it's in Ukraine's interest to determine what happened.

Another recurring topic was Mr. Zelensky's effort to pursue a peace deal with the Russian-backed separatists who control the Donbas region of southeastern Ukraine. "I'm not ready to lose the lives of more people", he said.

Answering a clarifying question that Trump's words and actions that it is necessary to investigate the Burisma case were corruption-related, the head of state said: "I should not judge the actions of another president".

"I told him. please help to resolve it", Zelenskiy recalls.

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