Zelensky Held All-Day Media Event To Continue Distancing Himself From Trump

Zelensky Held All-Day Media Event To Continue Distancing Himself From Trump

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, who won the presidency in April on pledges to seek an end to the conflict, scored a major domestic political victory last month with a prisoner exchange that saw the return of 35 Ukrainians from Russian custody.

Mr Biden's son Hunter was on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma. "I had no idea the military aid was held up".

Zelenskiy told reporters Thursday that "we can't say yes or no" as to whether there was any interference without an investigation.

Zelensky has repeatedly emphasized that he felt no pressure during the call but in new remarks seemed to go further, specifically saying on October 10, "There was no blackmail".

Mr Trump has said Mr Biden did so in order to derail the inquiry into Burisma.

Zelensky contradicted this narrative, telling reporters that he only learned after their July 25 phone call that the United States had frozen hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to his country. "After the meeting, America unblocked it". This real-time concern by officials in the White House directly contradicts Trump's repeated claim that the call was considered "perfect", and precede by more than two weeks the whistleblower's official complaint.

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He said he "didn't even check" whether the Ukrainian transcript of the July call is the same as that of the White House, but says 'I think they match'. But the impeachment hearings mean that Ukraine will remain a central player in the USA drama through the 2020 presidential election and beyond. He's treading carefully to ensure continued support from the USA while trying to make peace with powerful neighbour Russian Federation.

Ukraine, France and Germany had planned to hold the meeting of the group known as the Normandy Four, aimed at resolving the five-year-long conflict, as early as last month, Zelenskiy told reporters, but Russian Federation turned down the proposal. While Mr. Zelensky acknowledged regular contacts with the oligarch - Mr. Kolomoisky's former lawyer is Mr. Zelensky's chief of staff - he said that Mr. Kolomoisky knew that Mr. Zelensky would always put the national interests first.

During his July 25 call with Zelenskiy, Trump mentioned CrowdStrike, a security firm hired by the DNC that detected the hack.

"Biden on Wednesday for the first time called for Trump's impeachment". "It was not the subject of our conversation".

"We are now looking again at all cases that were closed or broken up or were investigated earlier to make a decision to reconsider those instances where illegal procedural decisions were made", he said.

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