UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US President Donald Trump did not put “any pressure” on his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenksy, during a telephone call during which Trump was asked to investigate Zelinsky’s son, Joe Biden, the foreign minister said.
“I know what they are talking about and I think there has been no pressure,” Vadim Prestaico said in a televised interview late on Friday.
“It was a long and friendly conversation. I touched on many issues and in some cases very serious answers were required.”
Trump is at the center of a new controversy after US media accused him of encouraging Zelensky to investigate the son of Joe Biden, the leading Democratic candidate for the US presidential election. A member of the US intelligence service was the first to point to the accusations.
Hunter Biden, the second son of the former senator, worked for a Ukrainian gas group from 2014, when his father was former vice president Barack Obama.
After the charges, Biden demanded that Trump publish the content of the telephone conversation, which took place in July.
But the Ukrainian minister did not support this, saying that Ukraine has the right to keep state secrets. “President Trump, his adviser (Rudolph) Giuliani, newspapers, Democrats and Republicans want to know if pressure has been put on Ukraine. We are an independent country, we have our secrets,” he said.
The focus is on Trump and Zelinsky’s meeting in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
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