In the first criminal charges related to the Ukraine controversy, U.S. prosecutors have announce a campaign finance case against two businessmen tied to efforts by President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to prod Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
Responding Thursday to questions from The Associated Press, Zelenskiy said that he only learned after their July 25 phone call that the USA had blocked hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.
Having been made aware of this by his defence minister later, he raised the issue during a separate meeting in September in Poland with Vice-President Mike Pence.
Trump asked Zelenskiy during the call to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, and Congressional Democrats believe Trump was holding up the aid to use as leverage to pressure Ukraine. Trump's claims that Ukraine allied with the Democrats in a plot to derail his 2016 presidential campaign, though no evidence of such a plot has emerged.
Mr Zelensky said there were no conditions attached to him meeting Mr Trump, including whether he should investigate the activities of Hunter at Burisma.
"There was no blackmail".
Ex-envoy to Ukraine defies Trump, testifies he pushed to oust her
Most of the questions at Thursday's unusual media event related to the Russian Federation conflict or Ukraine's economic troubles. Yovanovitch was in her ambassadorial role from 2016 to May 2019 when she was dismissed two months ahead of schedule.
Donald Tusk hands Boris Johnson last-minute reprieve over Brexit deal
DUP leader Arlene Foster has said any Brexit deal that keeps Northern Ireland in the European Union "will not have our consent". Sterling rose sharply on global money markets in the wake of the talks, on which Cabinet received a briefing on Friday morning.
United States threatens Turkey with 'very significant' sanctions
Trump issued a similar aggressive threat against the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally on Monday. Earlier in the week, Graham and Maryland Democratic Sen.
He tried to back away from a comment attributed to him in the White House transcript of the call, in which Mr. Zelensky is quoted saying that Ukraine's new prosecutor-general would be "100 per cent my guy" and would look into the Burisma case.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says his country will "happily" investigate whether Ukrainians interfered in the 2016 US elections.
In an all-day "media marathon" held in a Kyiv food court, Zelenskiy played down suggestions that Trump pressured him in exchange for US military aid to help Ukraine battle Russian-backed separatists.
When asked how the White House summary compared with that of Ukraine, Zelenskiy said he hadn't checked but that he thought it matched "completely". "After the meeting, America unblocked it".
Asked whether the Ukrainian version matched up to the USA one, Mr Zelensky said: "I didn't even check, but I think that it matches completely".
The July call embarrassed Zelenskiy because it showed him as eager to please Trump and critical of European partners whose support he needs to strengthen Ukraine's economy and to end the conflict with Russian Federation.