Last updated on October 3, 2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday defended Donald Trump over accusations the USA leader forced Kyiv to dig up dirt on a rival, stating that there was”nothing undermining” at transcripts of their telephone.
“I see nothing undermining from the dialogue between Trump and (Ukrainian pioneer Volodymyr) Zelensky,” Putin said of this telephone call that’s ignited an impeachment probe in the united states.
“President Trump turned into a colleague using a petition to investigate potential corruption regarding members of the prior government,” the Russian leader said in an energy forum in Moscow.
“Any head of state could have needed to do the same.”
“They’ve been using any excuse to assault President Trump.
“He did not find any signs people colluding with Trump previously, but stated there was a threat we might do this later on… It’d be amusing if it were not so unhappy,” said Putin.
Asked if Russia would attempt to meddle in the US 2020 presidential elections Putin joked: “I will let you in secret — yes! We surely will… Only do not tell anyone.”
The White House last week published a transcript of a telephone that summer between Trump and a newly elected Zelensky.
It revealed that Trump requested Zelensky to stunt Democratic rival Joe Biden, and the Democrats are looking into if Trump employed a delayed $400 million (365.8 million euros) help package as leverage.
Ukraine is fighting a continuing war in its east against Russia-backed separatists, which broke out following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.