Ukraine's Zelensky 'breaks record' for world's longest press conference

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this week that in his July phone call with President Donald Trump, there was no talk of blackmail or bribes.

The US House of Representatives has launched an impeachment inquiry against Mr Trump, focused on whether he used congressionally approved aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure Mr Zelensky to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden.

They have alleged that Trump tried to use U.S. aid to Ukraine as leverage in an attempt to pressurise Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump's main Democratic rivals in the 2020 elections.

But Mr. Zelensky also said that it would be up to the USA judicial and legislative systems to determine whether Mr. Trump had violated any US laws during the call.

Asked whether the Ukrainian version matched up to the United States one, Mr Zelensky said: "I didn't even check, but I think that it matches completely".

Zelenskiy told reporters that his aim in having a phone call with Trump was to arrange a subsequent meeting and that he had asked the White House to change its rhetoric on Ukraine.

He said he thought the July call would lead to an in-person meeting with Trump, and wanted the American leader to come to Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy said for the first time that his country will "happily" investigate the conspiracy theory pushed by Trump that it was Ukrainians, not Russians, who interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.

Ukraine's president just can't stop talking.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says his country will "happily" investigate whether Ukrainians interfered in the 2016 USA elections.

Zelenskiy is giving an all-day "press marathon" amid growing questions about his actions as president.

The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan says two associates of Giuliani who are accused of trying to buy influence over USA policy on Ukraine were arrested while trying to leave the country.

At one point, the 41-year-old former comedian appeared to accuse reporters of trying to trick him into an answer that would make headlines in the U.S. "I'm not ready to lose the lives of more people", he said. However, their contemporaneous alarm over Trump's conduct on the call would undermine the relevance of questioning the 18-day gap between the call and the whistleblower complaint by the president's defenders.

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