Ukraine president: 'No blackmail' in conversation with Trump

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during talks with journalists in Kyiv Ukraine Thursday Oct. 10 2019. Ukrainian President is holding an all-day “media marathon” in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as preside

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during talks with journalists in Kyiv Ukraine Thursday Oct. 10 2019. Ukrainian President is holding an all-day “media marathon” in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as preside

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

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says there was "no blackmail" in a phone call with President Donald Trump that helped spark an impeachment inquiry.

Zelensky told the AP he was simply hoping that the call with Trump would lead to a visit by Trump to Ukraine, and that he was hoping to persuade Trump to change the White House's rhetoric regarding Ukraine.

Zelensky said he does not intend to release the Ukrainian transcript of his phone call with President Trump.

In the July call, Trump sought help on two fronts.

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. Zelensky is trying to save his reputation and distance himself from the USA political drama.

"I don't want to be pulled into this because I understand that my words could impact the elections of the American people", he added.

However, their contemporaneous alarm over Trump's conduct on the call would undermine the relevance of questioning the 18-day gap between the call and the whistleblower complaint by the president's defenders.

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Even before the call, security officials were concerned with the removal of the USA ambassador to Ukraine in May, efforts by Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to spread conspiracies involving Ukraine and indications that Trump wanted Zelensky to offer up potentially damaging information about Biden, according to the newspaper.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy said for the first time that his country will "happily" investigate the conspiracy theory pushed by Trump that it was Ukrainians, not Russians, who interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.

The elder Biden pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in 2016 to oust a top prosecutor who was probing Burisma, an energy company that paid Hunter Biden as a board member from 2014 to 2019. "We have many criminal cases to look at". The Ukraine leader also agreed "1,000%" with Trump's assertion that Germany "does nearly nothing for you" and that many other European countries behave in the same way.

Mr Zelensky said there were no conditions attached to him meeting Mr Trump, including whether he should investigate the activities of Hunter at Burisma.

'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.

He's treading carefully to ensure continued support from the U.S. while trying to make peace with powerful neighbor Russian Federation.

Text messages released by Democrats show Kurt Volker, Trump's former United States special envoy to Ukraine, telling a top Zelensky aide that he should open an investigation in return for a visit to Washington. -Ukrainian relations in the future, "but if there is, we'll learn about it on Twitter".

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