Ukraine president: 'No blackmail' in conversation with Trump KYIV, Ukraine

Sunday, 13 Oct, 2019

He was speaking during an unusual, all-day "media marathon" in a Kiev food court amid growing questions about his actions as president.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says there was "no blackmail" in a phone call with President Donald Trump that helped spark an impeachment inquiry.

And Zelenskiy was still talking.

Russian President Vladimir Putin lamented Friday the inability of his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to ensure a pullback of heavy weaponry in eastern Ukraine as the first step toward peace settlement.

Democrats have alleged that Trump withheld the aid as a way to pressure Zelensky to investigate Biden, a potential 2020 election rival.

He said that the military aid that the Trump administration froze as it reviewed the funds over concerns of corruption in Ukraine was never linked to Trump's requests to probe Crowdstrike, a firm that investigated a breach into the Democratic National Committee's computer systems, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

The security officials became even more unnerved after the call, in which Trump asked Zelensky to "look into" Biden family activities in Ukraine.

Mr Biden's son Hunter was on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma. Trump's private legal professional Rudolph Giuliani additionally alleges some officers in Ukraine conspired to assist Trump's Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

He said he'd also support an investigation of alleged Ukrainian interference in favour of Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump's opponent in the 2016 US presidential election.

"There became no blackmail".

In the July call, Trump sought help on two fronts. Zelenskiy talked about he had by no manner met them.

Trump has said the United States has an "absolute right" to ask foreign leaders to investigate corruption cases, though no one has produced evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the former USA vice president or his son.

He addressed his relations with Ihor Kolomoisky, one of Ukraine's wealthiest men whose protracted battle with the authorities over control of a large bank has colored Ukraine's image in the eyes of foreign investors.

He moreover accused Russia of delaying a summit aimed at resolving the war between Kiev and Russian-backed forces within the Donbass put that has killed bigger than 13,000 folks in 5 years.

The call is at the center of an impeachment inquiry led by Congressional Democrats.

He did not make clear who the joint investigation would be with. "Then again it must be confirmed". Catch all of the Dwell TV motion on HEARALPUBLICIST 24×7 and HEARALPUBLICIST India.

Previously, in a broader discussion in which White House officials were reportedly encouraging Ukraine to continue its work to eliminate corruption in the country's energy sector, Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and one in charge of ties with Kiev, thundered that there were also "investigations that were dropped that need to be started up again", according to a United States official familiar with the matter.