Zelenskiy: the allies cannot block aid in time of war

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an interview on Monday that he did not speak with President Donald Trump from the position of a quid pro quo last summer. Zelenskiy says: That is not my thing. ... I don't want us to look like beggars. Later, Trump claimed that Zelenskiy had said Trump had done nothing wrong. But Zelenskiy did not go so far. The Ukrainian leader spoke with Time before the first round of expected peace talks with Russia on December 9 in Paris: the two countries have been involved in a war along the border with Ukraine for the past five years. Zelenskiy, a former comedian turned politician, has been in office for just six months and his talks with Trump are the subject of intense scrutiny in the United States, with his July 25 phone call at the center of the investigation of political judgment on President Trump. Zelenskiy was asked if there was a connection between Trump's decision to block military assistance to Ukraine and the two investigations he asked Zelenskiy. One was in the possible interference of Ukraine in the 2016 elections, the other was about the family of the Democratic rival, Joe Biden. Look, I never talked to the president from the quid pro quo position, Zelenskiy said. “But you have to understand. We are at war If you are our strategic partner, you cannot block anything for us. I think that's just justice. It is not a quid pro quo. Trump later told reporters when he was leaving London for the NATO summit on Monday that Zelenskiy's comments should be closed case, wrongly describing the interview by saying that Zelenskiy had left and said very strongly that President Trump did not He did absolutely nothing wrong. Zelenskiy also said that when leaders like Trump call their country corrupt, he sends a disturbing message. Everyone hears that signal, he said. Investments, banks, stakeholders, companies, Americans, Europeans, companies that have international capital in Ukraine, is a sign for them that says: Be careful, do not invest or get out of there. When asked if he was confident that Russian President Vladimir Putin would enter the peace talks next week, he said: I don't trust anyone at all. Politics is not an exact science, said Zelenskiy. This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)