Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied that President Donald Trump established a quid pro quo with him.
In an interview with Time Magazine and other European news outlets, Zelensky denied he had a conversation with Trump “from the position of a quid pro quo.”
“Look, I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo. That’s not my thing.”
Zelensky also said he doesn’t “understand at all” the allegations made against Trump during the House Intelligence Committee’s open hearings.
He continued to stress the importance of military aid to his country, “I don’t want us to look like beggars. But you have to understand. 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. It’s not about a quid pro quo. It just goes without saying.”
His comments come after the House Intelligence Committee held two weeks of public hearings, and a series of private depositions, to determine if Trump withheld military aid in exchange for an investigation into Ukrainian energy company Burisma and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
During the hearings, the ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland said that there was a quid pro quo in exchange for a meeting at the White House but denied that Trump linked the aid to an investigation.
His comments come just days before the House Judiciary Committee — the committee charged with drafting articles of impeachment — is set to hold a round of hearings in the ongoing impeachment probe.