Ukraine President Says He Was Not Blackmailed By Donald Trump

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He told reporters Thursday that the main goal of his conversation with Trump was to set up a meeting with the American president and show reform measures were in place in Ukraine.

Zelensky has repeatedly emphasized that he felt no pressure during the call but in new remarks seemed to go further, specifically saying on October 10, "There was no blackmail".

According to the Post, officials were alarmed by the removal of then-US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in May, the promotion of Ukraine-related conspiracies from Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and indications in White House meetings that Trump wanted the Ukrainian government to deliver politically damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden. It's unclear whether or not one of these people may also be what amounts to the second whistleblower that we learned about last week and could also explain the comments by the attorney for the first whistleblower that his firm was representing "multiple" persons with knowledge regarding the Ukraine matter. Biden's son Hunter became on the board of Ukrainian gasoline company Burisma. Poroshenko ousted the prosecutor based on the threat that aid would be withheld if he didn't, Joe Biden bragged past year. "We are not servants".

"With due respect for the United States and America's policy, we are not serving the latter's goal, as we are an independent country". He was speaking at an event in Kiev.

While responding to Trump's requests, Zelenskiy insisted he was not his puppet, and he appeared to be trying to put an end to questions that have dogged the new Ukrainian president since details of his July 25 call with Trump emerged.

Even before the call, security officials were concerned with the removal of the USA ambassador to Ukraine in May, efforts by Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to spread conspiracies involving Ukraine and indications that Trump wanted Zelensky to offer up potentially damaging information about Biden, according to the newspaper. "He has disappeared while the Fake News protects his Crooked daddy!"

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Mr Zelensky said there were no conditions attached to him meeting Mr Trump, including whether he should investigate the activities of Hunter at Burisma.

Speaking at a military awards ceremony in Odessa on Friday, Zelenskiy said he works "24 hours a day" to bring about peace but insisted that he stands firm on Ukraine's commitment to hold a local election in eastern Ukraine as long as the vote is held under the Ukrainian law and in the presence of worldwide observers. Congressional Democrats believe Trump was holding up the aid to use as leverage to pressure Ukraine and advance his domestic political interests.

"I don't want to be pulled into this because I understand that my words could impact the elections of the American people", he said.

This call, as well as others Trump has had with foreign leaders, was unusual in other ways, too.

"Please connect your general prosecutor with ours", he said.

Asked what Ukraine did to persuade the release the aid, Zelenskiy said: "We have many diplomatic contacts".

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