Publicado: Mier, Diciembre 04, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Russia, not Ukraine, intervened in 2016 election, top Trump official tells Menendez

Russia, not Ukraine, intervened in 2016 election, top Trump official tells Menendez

"Despite getting caught up in the impeachment inquiry now folding in Washington, Ukraine still needs the support of the United States", Time's Simon Shuster noted.

The key issue is whether Trump set up a "quid pro quo" - Latin for seeking one action in exchange for another - with Zelensky by holding back promised USA military aid for Ukraine until the Bidens were investigated.

"When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals", Zelensky told the magazine. "We are an independent country". It's not that those things don't exist.

"All branches of government were corrupted over many years", he said. "But that signal from [the United States] is very important".

Mr. Trump later claimed Mr. Zelenskiy had said Mr. Trump had done nothing wrong.

But that comment wasn't the one that got Trump's attention.

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In the interview published on Monday, Zelensky also played down expectations ahead of a summit on December 9 in Paris in which he is set to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for the first time. It's not about a quid pro quo.

There's a great deal of confusion over this precise point.

House Democrats are conducting an impeachment probe of Trump in regards to his holding back USA military aid to Ukraine over the summer. But the hold on the aid didn't become public until Politico broke the news in late August.

"I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo", Zelensky said. "I have no knowledge that the Ukraine did anything to interfere with our elections other than press reports and to suggest that we know that I think would be a stretch because I don't think anybody knows that". But you have to understand: "We're at war", he added, referring to his country's military conflict with Russian Federation and its proxies. We're at war. If you're our strategic partner, then you can't go blocking anything for us. I think that's just about fairness.

The alleged quid pro quo is at the centre of the ongoing impeachment inquiry which has embroiled U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration. How about Zelensky imploring Trump to stop driving capital away from Kyiv?

"It's much easier to defend President Trump's action on the merits if you can argue that there was a possibility that his request for an investigation was legitimate", former Chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele told the Examiner on Monday.

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