President of Ukraine denies the quid pro quo with Donald Trump

BERLIN: The president of Ukraine renewed on Monday his denial of an agreement with Donald Trump on military aid, despite a growing case against the president of the United States in the proceedings of political trial in Washington.

I didn't talk to US President Trump in those terms: you give me this, I give you that, said Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with European publications, including those from Germany. Der Spiegel magazine.

In comments published in German, Zelensky said he did not understand the accusations heard at the hearings at all and that he did not want to give the impression that we are beggars in Ukraine.

The scandal centers on a telephone conversation on July 25 in which the Republican leader is suspected of pressuring Ukraine to initiate investigations against the former Democratic Vice President. Joe biden and his son Hunter, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company.

The key question is whether Trump established a quid pro quo, in Latin for seeking one action in exchange for another, with Zelensky retaining the promised military aid of the United States for Ukraine until the Bidens are investigated.

In the interview published on Monday, Zelensky also downplayed expectations before a summit on December 9 in Paris where he will meet with his Russian counterpart. Vladimir Putin for the first time.

He said that the end of the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine could not be discussed until three preliminary steps have been taken.

He said that there should first be an exchange of prisoners within a reasonable period of time, followed by a genuine ceasefire and the withdrawal of all armed forces to allow local elections to be held in the region.

If these three problems are resolved, then we can see if everyone wants to end the conflict.

The conflict in Ukraine, which broke out in 2014 after pro-Western politicians took power in Kiev and Russia Attached Crimea has killed more than 13,000 people.