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

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 2, 2019

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

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

Trump says that his infamous July 25 call with Zelensky was "perfect", but testimony from career USA diplomat David Holmes indicated that the Ukrainians were cognizant that the American president wanted something from them.

Trump has denied wrongdoing throughout the impeachment inquiry. However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky doesn't expect any groundbreaking agreements ahead of the December 9 meeting, he told Time Magazine.

Zelenskiy agreed to do so, according to a partial transcript that was released by the White House. He presses Ukraine for investigations into Democrats as USA aid to Ukraine is withheld. Trump denies doing so. Zelenskiy's administration insists it does not want to take sides or interfere in next year's USA election.

But when asked whether he trusts Putin when it comes to peace talks, Zelenskiy says he doesn't trust anyone "at all".

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.

"First off, I would never want Ukraine to be a piece on the map, on the chess board of big global players, so that someone could toss us around, use us as cover, as part of some bargain... But you have to understand: We're at war", he added, referring to his country's military conflict with Russian Federation and its proxies. "If you're our strategic partner, then you can't go blocking anything for us".

The allegation from team Trump is that during the administration of President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Biden got Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin pushed out for investigating Ukrainian gas company Burisma.

Trump, however, has expressed concern with corruption in Ukraine over the past few weeks. Hunter Biden was on the board of directors for this business.

Giuliani alleges some Ukrainian officials conspired to help Trump's Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton in 2016 by leaking information damaging to Trump's then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

"I think that Mr. Trump can speak directly", he said.

Trump referenced that theory during his call with Zelenskiy.

Zelensky appeared to call out the US and Republicans for peddling conspiracy theories about Ukraine and 2016 election.

Giuliani says he met current and former Ukrainian prosecutors as part of his investigations into the Bidens and the 2016 election but played down his role in liaising with USA diplomats and Ukrainian officials. The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, testified that Trump largely delegated Ukraine policy to Giuliani.

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