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Ukrainian leader bristles at release of Trump transcript

The call is now at the centre of an impeachment probe.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy with US President Donald Trump (Evan Vucci/AP)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy with US President Donald Trump (Evan Vucci/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Ukraine’s president has said his comments in a conversation with US President Donald Trump should not have been publicly released.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy also played down Ukraine’s investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The White House published a rough transcript of Mr Trump’s July 25 call with Mr Zelenskiy on Thursday showing that Mr Trump pressed Ukraine to “look into” his rival Mr Biden.

I think such things, such conversations between heads of independent states, they shouldn't be published Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy

The call is now at the centre of an impeachment probe.

Mr Zelenskiy told reporters at the UN General Assembly in New York afterwards that “I think such things, such conversations between heads of independent states, they shouldn’t be published”.

But he also said he is “not afraid” of the publication.

Mr Zelenskiy said the Biden investigation is just one of “many cases that I talk about with leaders of other countries”.

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