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World Ukraine president: 'No blackmail' in conversation with Trump

12:51  10 october  2019
12:51  10 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says there was " no blackmail " in the phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump that helped spark an Congressional Democrats believe Trump was holding up the aid to use as leverage to pressure Ukraine and advance his domestic political interests ahead

(C) Telephone Conversation with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine . The text in this document records the notes and recollections of Situation Room Duty officers and NSC policy staff assigned to listen and memorialize the conversation in written form as the conversation takes place.

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says there was "no blackmail" in the phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump that helped spark an impeachment inquiry.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday would not answer if it was his understanding that American military aid for Ukraine and an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter was linked.

The White House has released the memorandum of a July 2019 telephone conversation between Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

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

"We didn't speak about this" during the July call, Zelenskiy said, saying the military aid wasn't the "theme" of the conversation. He spoke Thursday during an unusual, all-day "media marathon" in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as president.

Trump asked Zelenskiy during the call to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to a rough White House transcript. Congressional Democrats believe Trump was holding up the aid to use as leverage to pressure Ukraine and advance his domestic political interests ahead of next year's U.S. presidential election.

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Ukraine 's President Volodymyr Zelensky has said there was no blackmail involved during a telephone call with President Trump that has set in U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky looks on during a meeting in New York on September 25, 2019, on

Source: President of Ukraine . Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected any suggestions he was blackmailed by Donald Trump during a now infamous phone call in Zelenskiy said he wasn’t aware when he spoke by phone with Trump that the military aid at the center of the scandal had been frozen.

Trump said the military aid was frozen because of concerns about corruption in Ukraine, but the move prompted congressional outcry and the money was released in September.

The July call is central to the impeachment inquiry, and embarrassed Zelenskiy because it showed him as eager to please Trump and critical of European partners.

Zelenskiy wouldn't say whether the Ukrainians have a different version of the transcript or whether the White House version accurately reflects the content of the leaders' conversation.

Zelenskiy said he thought the call would lead to an in-person meeting with Trump, and wanted the American leader to come to Ukraine. Zelenskiy said the "key question" for him was to try to persuade the White House to "change its rhetoric" about Ukraine as a corrupt and untrustworthy country.

He said he had "several calls" with Trump, but bristled at repeated questions about their relationship. "We are an independent country, we have relations with many countries," not just the U.S.

Zelenskiy is notably trying to end a five-year conflict with Russia-backed separatist in eastern Ukraine, and is treading carefully to ensure continued support from the U.S. while trying to make peace with powerful neighbor Russia.

In the July call, Trump sought help on two fronts. The first involves Trump's claims that Ukraine allied with the Democrats in a plot to derail his 2016 presidential campaign. No evidence of such a plot has emerged.

At the same time, Trump is also pushing Ukraine to investigate any potential wrongdoing by Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. Trump has said the United States has an "absolute right" to ask foreign leaders to investigate corruption cases, though no one has produced evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Bidens.

'He clarified it': Trump on Mulvaney backtrack after admitting to quid pro quo .
President Trump backed acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney after he admitted to a quid pro quo agreement over military aid that was meant for Ukraine and then backtracked on the remark hours later. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.The chief of staff admitted to reporters Thursday that millions of dollars in U.S. military aid for Ukraine "was held up temporarily" for "completely legitimate" reasons. He also urged those concerned about the "quid pro quo" in exchange for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter to "get over it.

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