Ukraine President Denies Quid Pro Quo With Donald Trump

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a joint press conference with Lithuanian President after talks at the presidential palace in Vilnius Lithuania

The complaint, based on second-hand information, claimed President Trump appeared to have signaled that he would withhold aid unless the probes were conducted - something the president and Zelensky have repeatedly denied. Instead, he said, he had been pressing for a broad anti-corruption crackdown in Ukraine.

"For me it's very important for the United States, with all they can do for us, for them really to understand that we are a different country, that we are different people".

He said he never discussed with Trump any connection between a delay in U.S military aid and Trump's request for investigations.

A top U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday he had seen no evidence that Ukraine - not Russian Federation - interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, undermining an argument used by some supporters of President Donald Trump as he faces an impeachment investigation. "And in the event you are our strategic accomplice then you definately must not ever block any help".

Throughout the controversy, one phrase has stood out-quid pro quo, a Latin phrase meaning "something for something".

But then I read Zelensky's interview with a group of global journalists, including a reporter from Time magazine, and it quickly became obvious that the Ukrainian president did not say what Trump claimed he said.

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"I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine", he said on the call. Zelensky must fire certain prosecutors, it says, who, claims the Post, are somehow linked to Giuliani. "As for the United States, I would really want - and we feel this, it's true - for them to help us, to understand, 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 don't trust anyone at all".

Before talking about USA politics, Zelensky answered questions on the conflict with Russia in eastern Ukraine and his expectations for a December 9 summit at which the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are hoping to negotiate a peaceful resolution. "Everyone hears that signal". When he got onto the topic of the United States' role, he started by saying he didn't want Ukraine to be a pawn in a great-powers game of chess.

Trump, however, has expressed concern with corruption in Ukraine over the past few weeks.

House Democrats are conducting an impeachment probe of Trump in regards to his holding back US military aid to Ukraine over the summer.

"Are we going to be sending massive amounts of money to a country and they're corrupt and they steal the money and that goes into everybody's bank account?" "But that signal from them is very important", Zelensky explained.

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