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Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky told Time that there was no “quid pro quo” demand from President Donald Trump involving military aid, but he was still not pleased that the aid was temporarily held up.

President Trump is very likely going to be impeached by the House of Representatives for an alleged abuse of power, standing accused of withholding military aid from Ukraine to pressure Zelensky into opening and/or publicly announcing investigations into the Ukrainian business dealings of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, while Joe was vice president.

But, Zelensky has and continues to maintain that there was no such arrangement.

“I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo,” Zelensky said. “That’s not my thing.”

Zelensky has expressed a desire to avoid involvement in U.S. political affairs, a position that was affirmed by numerous witnesses who testified last month in the impeachment inquiry hearings. So he said he wasn’t aware of or concerned with any alleged quid pro quo — he was concerned about his nation’s ability to defend itself.

“I don’t want us to look like beggars. But you have to understand. We’re at war,” Zelensky said.

“If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us. I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo. It just goes without saying.”

Zelensky is also bothered by the constant portrayal of Ukraine as a corrupt nation. While the characterization is indisputably accurate, Zelensky wants and needs that image of Ukraine to change for the nation to advance under his administration. But, much of the impeachment inquiry has highlighted the corruption in the nation over the years.

“When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals,” Zelensky said.

“It might seem like an easy thing to say, that combination of words: Ukraine is a corrupt country. Just to say it and that’s it. But it doesn’t end there. Everyone hears that signal. Investments, banks, stakeholders, companies, American, European, companies that have international capital in Ukraine, it’s a signal to them that says, ‘Be careful, don’t invest.’ Or, ‘Get out of there.'”

One of President Trump’s cited reasons for withholding security aid to Ukraine was concern about corruption.

  • Michael says:

    Not pleased it was temporarily held up? How about being grateful it was given to you at all, dumb-ass?

    • sepepper says:

      Exactly. Just sour grapes on his part. Zelensky of all people should know how things work in the US government. There was already an official prerequisite of things to be certified in writing before the military aid could be given, written into the contract before Trump even became president. All Trump wanted to do was to be included in the loop of that verification, which was also documented in the phone call transcript between them. Only then could the paper trail be established to authorize the transfer of the aid to Ukraine– which takes a literal army of bureaucrats to sign off on. I should know, I am a low-level federal contractor, I have to deal with a constant flow of such paper-trail activity on a daily basis, even at my “low level” status. So I can imagine what goes into such a high-level job as that– it doesn’t happen instantaneously, even if the President of the United States himself calls you on the phone!

  • rcb says:

    Straight from someone with FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE of the “phone call”……no DAMN QUID PRO QUO…..the ONLY INDIVIDUAL THAT KNEW POTUS AND HIS INTENT…..He has said all along there was no play to get play….

  • Carl says:

    Now what more proof do you need to prove Trump’s innocence.

  • yankeeyob says:

    Why should the Ukrainian president be surprised? Billions of US taxpayer dollars went down a rat-hole, though yes, a lot of it was secret-funding to finance the coup, that sadly triggered the eastern provinces to understandably GTOW, after some pretty nasty threats from the Ukrainians

  • yankeeyob says:

    The Ukrainian president just wants to throw some red-meat to the Democrats. Otherwise Democrats will just forget about promoting democracy in Ukraine, and will set out to destroy the country, like they are doing in Germany, France and the UK

  • Janet Barlow says:

    Don’t forget – the Democrats are trying (and have tried for three years) to impeach our President. Looks like this (Quid Pro Quo and bribery) won’t work any better than Russia collusion, etc. Can they come up with something else before November? Probably!

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