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

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Zelenskiy was asked whether there was a connection between Trump's decision to block military assistance to Ukraine and the two investigations he asked Zelenskiy to do.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a newly-released interview that he never discussed "quid pro quo" with President Donald Trump, once again denying any link between the release of US military aid in exchange for investigations.

"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", he said. The president claimed that the interview should mean the case for impeachment was "over" and that Zelensky had said he "did absolutely nothing wrong".

"I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternative narrative that the Ukrainian government is a USA adversary, and that Ukraine - not Russian Federation - attacked us in 2016", she said.

"I don't know these people".

Over the last few weeks, current and former White House officials testified before the House Intelligence Committee and debunked the baseless conspiracy theory that the government of Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

"It doesn't mean that Russian Federation didn't, but I think North Korea did", he said.

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The inquiry centres around whether Trump froze almost US$400 million in military aid to pressure Ukraine to publicly announce separate investigations into interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, as well as former vice-president and political rival Joe Biden's son Hunter and his work on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. "I can't understand what dough they're made of", he said.

The Ukraine interference conspiracy endorsed by Putin, Trump and now Kennedy, has been soundly debunked not only by US intelligence agencies, but also by a Republican-led Senate committee in 2017.

"The evidence shows that President Trump holds a deepseated, genuine, and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine due to its history of pervasive corruption", the report says, according to CBS News.

"All branches of government were corrupted over many years", he said. "But that signal from them is very important", Zelensky explained.

The president and his allies, including some Republican lawmakers, have floated a debunked conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine - not the Kremlin - that interfered in the election in order to hurt Trump's campaign and help his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

"The United States of America is a signal for the world - for everyone".

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