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Ukraine did not meddle in US vote, says Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that his country interfered in the 2016 US presidential election, rubbishing a conspiracy theory promoted by some allies of US President Donald Trump.

Anab Mehdi

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Published on 27 Nov 2019 3:44 AM GMT

Ukraine did not meddle in US vote, says Volodymyr Zelensky
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Tallinn: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that his country interfered in the 2016 US presidential election, rubbishing a conspiracy theory promoted by some allies of US President Donald Trump.

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Zelensky, elected in April, told reporters that Ukraine did not interfere in the elections or the geopolitics of the United States.

Trump has been dogged by allegations that Russia helped him to win the 2016 election.

While various investigations have found evidence of Russian meddling, none has linked those actions directly to the US president.

Some in Trump's inner circle have promoted an alternative theory that -- contrary to the findings of US intelligence services -- it was Ukraine that interfered in the election to support Trump's rival Hillary Clinton.

This theory has been debunked by intelligence officials -- the latest being White House adviser Fiona Hill who said the Ukraine allegations were a "fiction" created by Russia.

"We do not interfere in the elections, in the geopolitics of the United States," Zelensky told journalists in the Estonian capital Tallinn.

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A phone call between Zelensky and Trump is at the centre of attempts to impeach the US leader.

During the conversation, Trump's opponents say the US leader threatened to withhold military aid until his Ukraine counterpart agreed to investigate an American political rival.

The Democrats pursuing the impeachment inquiry against Trump say the phone call shows he used the office of president to forward his political ambitions.

Zelensky sought to play down the importance of the impeachment hearings on his young presidency, telling reporters his country had many problems of its own -- a war in the east of the country, separatist-occupied territory and Russia's annexation of Crimea.

"We have things to do, beyond telephone conversations," he said.

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(PTI)

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