Ukraine's president renewed Monday his denial of a quid pro quo with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump over military aid, despite a growing case against the American president in impeachment proceedings in Washington.
"I did not speak with U.S. President Trump in those terms: you give me this, I give you that," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview with European publications including Germany's Der Spiegel magazine.
In remarks published in German, Zelenskyy said he "did not understand at all" the accusations heard at the hearings and did not "want to give an impression that we are beggars" in Ukraine.
The scandal centers around a phone conversation on July 25 in which the Republican leader is suspected of putting pressure on Ukraine to launch investigations against former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company.
The key issue is whether Trump set up a "quid pro quo" — Latin for seeking one action in exchange for another — with Zelenskyy by holding back promised U.S. military aid for Ukraine until the Bidens were investigated.
The U.S. House impeachment report on Trump will be unveiled Monday behind closed doors for key lawmakers as Democrats push ahead with the inquiry despite the White House’s declaration it will not participate in the first Judiciary Committee hearing.
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