Ukraine leader says he didn’t speak about a ‘quid pro quo’

Elias Hubbard
December 2, 2019

Trump is now the subject of an impeachment inquiry by House Democrats over allegations the president withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure the country to launch a pair of politically advantageous investigations. "It's not about a quid pro quo, It just goes without saying".

Ukraine's president on Monday renewed his denial of a quid pro quo with Donald Trump over military aid, despite a growing case against the U.S. president in impeachment proceedings in Washington. I think that's just about fairness.

Trump has denied wrongdoing throughout the impeachment inquiry. "If you're our strategic partner, then you can't go blocking anything for us".

Trump has vehemently denied the allegation, but has acknowledged that he did block the funds, which were later released.

Ukraine has been fighting Russia-backed separatists in the country's eastern region since 2014, and in the same year Russian Federation annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine by force.

Far from exonerating Trump, that sounded like the Ukrainian president was criticizing Trump for withholding US military aid for our vulnerable ally.

"As for the United States, I would really want - and we feel this, it's true - for them to help us, to understand us, to see that we are a player in our own right, that they can not make deals about us with anyone behind our backs. I can't understand what dough they're made of", he said. "Everybody just has their interests".

During the interview, Zelenskiy also pushed back against Trump's comments categorizing Ukraine as a corrupt, saying it is damaging to the country.

In the same interview, the Ukrainian president also took aim at Trump's rhetoric about Ukrainian "corruption" - Zelensky believes Trump's claims undermined Ukraine in the eyes of global observers and investors - before concluding, "I don't trust anyone at all".

"Everyone hears that signal".

"This is a hard signal". But, much of the impeachment inquiry has highlighted the corruption in the nation over the years. "It might seem like an easy thing to say, that combination of words: Ukraine is a corrupt country". "And we are working to clean that up". "Whether the hold, the security assistance hold, continued or not, Ukrainians understood that that's something the president wanted and they still wanted important things from the president".

Donald Trump this morning turned to Twitter to announce what the president described as "breaking news".

President Donald Trump doubled down on his false claim that Volodymyr Zelensky cleared him of the quid pro quo at the root of the Ukraine scandal as he left the White House to travel to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in London.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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