US president Donald Trump has said that the impeachment inquiry US Democrats launched against him over his Ukrainian activities “is over” after the recent remarks of Ukrainian president Mr Zelensky.
Speaking in an interview with the TIME magazine, Mr Zelensky denied if he had made a deal with his US counterpart that included launching investigations against the Ukrainian activities former US vice president Joe Biden, one of Mr Trump’s top political rival for the 2020 presidential election.
“I definitely did not speak with president Trump in such a way, like, ‘you give me this, I give you that,’” he stressed.
“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,” he continued, pointing to the 400 million US dollars of US foreign and military aid that was blocked by the White House on July 25.
The security assistance is at the centre of an ongoing impeachment inquiry launched by Democrats in the US House of Representatives who claim that Mr Trump withheld the aid unless the new Ukrainian government investigates the US president’s allegations about Ukrainian interference into the 2016 US presidential election and the Ukrainian activities of Mr Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who was on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company accused of corruption.
Ukraine is yet to receive millions from the military aid that was first approved by the US Congress in June.
Mr Trump is now facing a potential vote on formally launching the impeachment procedure in the US House which US Democrats say could happen by Christmas.