Ukrainian president says 'no blackmail' in infamous July phone call with Trump

Ukraine to investigate potential 2016 US election interference

"We are now looking again at all cases that were closed or broken up or were investigated earlier to make a decision to reconsider those instances where illegal procedural decisions were made", he said.

President Trump asked Zelensky for such an investigation in a July phone call that has helped prompt an impeachment inquiry. Zelenskiy said the "key question" for him was to try to persuade the White House to "change its rhetoric" about Ukraine as a corrupt and untrustworthy country. Zelenskiy assured Trump that his new prosecutor general "will look into the situation", according to what the White House called a transcript of the call, which they released weeks after a whistleblower complaint was filed.

A transcript of the phone call was released to the public after an anonymous whistleblower alleged that Trump had sought Ukraine's help in settling political scores back home.

The phone call between Zelenskiy and Trump prompted an impeachment probe against the USA president. Zelenskiy appears to be playing to both United States political camps to ensure Ukraine has continued support no matter who wins the presidential election next year.

"I wanted to have an informal meeting", Zelensky said of the media marathon.

Zelensky said he wasn't even aware that almost $400 million was being held up when he spoke to Trump on July 25.

"Within minutes", administration officials told the Post, "senior officials including national security adviser John Bolton were being pinged by subordinates about problems with what the president had said to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky".


Ukraine's top prosecutor last week said his office would review several cases related to the owner of the gas company where Hunter Biden sat on the board, and Zelenskiy on Thursday invited US and Ukrainian prosecutors to co-operate, but insisted he would not interfere. 'We are an independent country, we have relations with many countries, ' not just the U.S., he said.

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

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". "And in case we need to find a solution to questions of this level, questions about our country's security, we use all our powerful possibilities".

Speaking to reporters at a news conference in Kiev on Thursday, Mr Zelensky said of his 25 July call with Mr Trump: "There was no blackmail".

A TV and film comedian, Zelenskiy overwhelmingly won the presidency in April on promises to fight corruption and end the five-year conflict with Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The whistleblower whose complaint launched the impeachment effort had a "prior working relationship with a current 2020 Democratic contender" and is a registered Democrat, a source familiar with the matter told CBS News, the BBC's USA partner, on Thursday.

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