This week, the first round of peace talks will take place between Ukraine and Russia. However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky doesn’t expect any groundbreaking agreements ahead of the Dec. 9 meeting, he told Time Magazine.
“When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals,” Zelensky told the magazine. “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.”
Russia and Ukraine have been at war since 2014, when Russia seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.
Breaking News: The President of Ukraine has just again announced that President Trump has done nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine and our interactions or calls. If the Radical Left Democrats were sane, which they are not, it would be case over!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2019
Questions over alleged quid-pro-quo deals between President Trump and Zelensky have been the central point for the ongoing impeachment inquiry into Trump, however, Zelensky has vehemently denied that claim.
On Twitter Monday, President Trump wrote, “Breaking News: The President of Ukraine has just again announced that President Trump has done nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine and our interactions or calls. If the Radical Left Democrats were sane, which they are not, it would be case over!”
Trump, however, has expressed concern with corruption in Ukraine over the past few weeks. When asked about his statements, Zelensky said he encourages Trump to see the country for himself to understand that his government is taking a hard line on corruption.
“For me it’s very important for the United States, with all they can do for us, for them really to understand that we are a different country, that we are different people. It’s not that those things don’t exist. They do. All branches of government were corrupted over many years, and we are working to clean that up. But that signal from them is very important,” Zelensky explained.