Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy today (October 10) said that US President Donald Trump did not try to intimidate him during a phone call in July or in a meeting in September.
Reuters quoted the President of Ukraine as saying that he did not know that US military aid to Ukraine was blocked at the time of the phone call. It was only later when the Defense Minister announced that he raised the issue in a separate meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence in Poland in September.
The US House of Representatives has launched an impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump, focusing on whether the leader will use aid approved by Congress for Ukraine as a lever to pressure Zelenskiy to investigate. former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, is one of President Trump's opponents in his re-election campaign.
Ukrainian President Zelenskiy told reporters that the goal of his telephone conversation with the head of the White House was to arrange a meeting later and demand that the White House change voice to Ukraine.
“There is no threat. That's not the subject of our phone conversation, ”the head of Ukraine said. The leader added that there were no conditions attached to his meeting with the US president.
The White House has now published the content of the call between Mr. Trump and Mr. Zelenskiy in September.