Zelensky Held All-Day Media Event To Continue Distancing Himself From Trump

Ukrainian President Denies US President Trump Tried To'Blackmail Him

"We are an independent country, we have relations with many countries", not just the U.S. In a subsequent message, Taylor added, "I think it's insane to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign".

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied Thursday that Donald Trump tried to blackmail him by withholding military aid to Kiev in a phone call between the two leaders.

But Zelenskiy said the call 'wasn't linked to weapons or the story with [Ukrainian gas company] Burisma, ' where Biden's son Hunter served on the board.

Zelensky's comments come as President Trump has said he has the "absolute right" to suggest world leaders probe corruption in other countries, including the activities of the Bidens in Ukraine and China.

According to the memo summarizing the call, Zelenskiy told Trump he was "absolutely right" and that the USA was "a much bigger partner than the European Union and I'm very grateful to you".

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Trump also has pushed a long-discredited theory about Ukrainian interference in support of the Democrats in 2016, an attempt to cast doubt on Russia's role in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

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Or put another way, Ukraine now appears to be saying and doing what Donald Trump wanted Ukraine to say and do. The theory contends, without evidence, that the DNC hack was based on fabricated computer records and created to cast blame on Russian Federation but was initiated from Ukraine.

Zelensky said it benefits Ukraine to definitively answer the question of whether interference in the US election came from Ukraine, and the only way he can say "yes or no" to whether it happened is to investigate. Zelenskiy said the "key question" for him was to try to persuade the White House to "change its rhetoric" about Ukraine as a corrupt and untrustworthy country. The White House released a non-verbatim transcript of the call last month, which, along with a related anonymous whistleblower complaint, sparked an impeachment inquiry by House Democrats.

Zelenskiy said it was "wrong" of the White House to publish a rough transcript of the call and he will not publish the Ukrainian transcript.

During a telephone call on July 25, Trump repeatedly encouraged Zelenskiy to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter.

'And in case we need to find a solution to questions of this level, questions about our country's security, we use all our powerful possibilities.' He didn't elaborate.

Zelenskiy is notably trying to end a five-year conflict with Russia-backed separatist in eastern Ukraine, and is treading carefully to ensure continued support from the USA while trying to make peace with powerful neighbor Russian Federation. He's treading carefully to ensure continued support from the USA while trying to make peace with powerful neighbour Russian Federation.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy's aptly named "media marathon" in a Kyiv food court Thursday started over breakfast croissants. -Ukrainian relations in the future, "but if there is, we'll learn about it on Twitter".

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