Ukraine President Zelensky denies any quid pro quo with Trump

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"I did not speak with US President Trump in those terms: you give me this, I give you that", Zelensky educated German journal Der Spiegel in a meeting disclosed Monday.

"I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo". That's not my thing.

"I don't want us to look like beggars".

Mr. Trump later tweeted, "The President of Ukraine has just again announced that President Trump has done nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine and our interactions or calls".

As he spoke to the White House press pool, Trump railed against the impeachment inquiry "hoax" and by calling it a "disgrace to our country".

When asked at what point he sensed that there was a link between the freeze on USA aid for Ukraine and the investigations Trump and his allies wanted, Zelensky dismissed the idea that there was a clear trade-off at play. The White House froze almost $300 million in security aid to Ukraine about two weeks before Trump spoke with Zelenskiy and asked for "a favor" in the form of those two investigations. He frequently says he sent Ukraine "bunker busters" (missiles) while Obama only gave them blankets.

This is not the first time Zelenskiy denied the accusation of wrongdoing regarding a phone call between him and President Trump.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy insisted again in a new interview that there was no quid pro quo with the Trump administration, although he added that strategic partners such as the US and Ukraine should not hold back anything from each other. "And in the event you are our strategic accomplice then you definately must not ever block any help". Democrats have also claimed the "quid pro quo" could be present with the military aid being held for a meeting between Trump and Zelensky in the White House.

The American added, "If the Radical Left Democrats were sane, which they are not, it would be case over!"

"It doesn't mean that Russian Federation didn't, but I think North Korea did", he said. It just goes without saying.

Zelensky also commented on the prosecution of three total corruption in Ukraine. Instead, he said, he had been pressing for a broad anti-corruption crackdown in Ukraine.

The alleged quid pro quo is at the centre of the ongoing impeachment inquiry which has embroiled U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration. They do. All branches of government were corrupted over many years, and we are working to clean that up. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, told reporters on October 4, 2017 - the investigation was to look into a number of measures, including "any collusion by either campaign during the 2016 elections". "But that signal from them is very important", Zelensky explained.

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