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

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks with journalists in Kyiv Ukraine on Oct. 10 2019. Zelenskiy held an all-day “media marathon” in a food court amid questions about his actions as president and on-again off-again U.S. military aid

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks with journalists in Kyiv Ukraine on Oct. 10 2019. Zelenskiy held an all-day “media marathon” in a food court amid questions about his actions as president and on-again off-again U.S. military aid

Four national security officials immediately raised "alarm bells" after President Donald Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky where he solicited that country's help in investigating his potential 2020 rival, Joe Biden.

The former comedian who won a massive victory in the Ukrainian elections in April despite having no political experience has tried to distance himself from the political battle brewing in Washington where the US House of Representatives has launched an impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Even before the call, security officials were concerned with the removal of the United States 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.

But Mr. Zelensky also said that it would be up to the USA judicial and legislative systems to determine whether Mr. Trump had violated any US laws during the call. Asked whether the Ukrainian version matched up to the USA one, Zelenskiy 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. "After the meeting, America unblocked it". After nine hours, the 41-year-old president was still going strong.

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Mr Zelenskiy said he had no desire to interfere in the U.S. election next year but added that he was prepared to do a joint investigation into Burisma. "I understand you and what you want - I clearly understand, directly".

Zelenskiy said there were no conditions attached to him meeting Trump, including whether he should investigate the activities of Hunter at Burisma. Mr. Zelensky has been accused by Ukrainian analysts of letting Mr. Trump push him around on the call.

Multiple investigations have been opened in Ukraine into Burisma - a company controlled by Mykola Zlochevsky, an oligarch close to former president Viktor Yanukovych - over the past five years, only to be closed without charges each time.

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

Zelenskiy also joked about Trump's Twitter missives, saying he doesn't expect a change in U.S.

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