President Zelensky: It’s ‘Just About Fairness…Not About Quid Pro Quo’

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

Sondland testified, however, that the White House declined to invite Zelenskiy to meet with Trump in Washington in order to pressure the Ukrainian president to announce the investigations Trump wanted. White House officials including the United States ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testifying that the aid was conditional on Ukraine helping Trump investigate Biden's son.

"I did not speak with U.S. President Trump in those terms: you give me this, I give you that", Zelensky said in an interview published on Monday, December 2.

Trump considers the Ukraine subject to be closed against the background of Zelensky's statements.

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. "It's not about a quid pro quo, it's just a story in itself".

The key issue is whether Trump set up a "quid pro quo" - Latin for seeking one action in exchange for another - with Zelensky by holding back promised USA military aid for Ukraine until the Bidens were investigated.

But when asked whether he trusts Putin when it comes to peace talks, Zelenskiy says he doesn't trust anyone "at all". We're at war. If you're our strategic partner, then you can't go blocking anything for us.

"It doesn't mean that Russian Federation didn't, but I think North Korea did", he said. At the same time, Zelensky said his conversations with Trump were not about a quid pro quo, which aligns with what the leader has said since the controversy started.

A tentative ceasefire along the conflict borders has been in place since September. "The US is a signal, for the world, for everyone". But then he got into how Trump and other USA officials had been publicly labeling Ukraine a "corrupt country" and the difficulties that this causes with global investors and businesses. "But that signal from them is very important".

"If you noticed there was breaking news today, the Ukrainian president came out and said very strongly that President Trump did absolutely nothing wrong", Trump said Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump has maintained throughout the impeachment inquiry that he did nothing improper in his dealings with Ukraine, even as witnesses have detailed efforts by his White House to get Ukraine to take actions that could help him politically. At a United Nations meeting with President Trump in NYC of this year, Zelensky told reporters "Nobody pushed me" to investigate the Bidens.

Trump tweeted his reaction to Zelenskiy's interview with the magazine. I told him in our meeting that I didn't want him to have this vision of our country.

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