Ukraine’s Zelensky denies deal to probe Trump’s rival Dec 03, 2019 0 182 12345 DPAKievUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied in an interview published on Monday that there had been a quid-pro-quo deal with US President Donald Trump to investigate Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden.“I definitely did not speak with US President Trump in such a way, like, ‘you give me this, I give you that,’” Zelensky told the German news magazine Der Spiegel.Trump is accused of pressuring Zelensky during a July phone call to have Ukraine investigate former US vice president Biden for corruption.The allegation against Trump is central to an impeachment process against the US president, who is seeking re-election next year.According to a transcript of the call released by the White House, the US president asked Zelensky to “do us a favour” by investigating Biden, who is now the front-runner among Democrats seeking to run against Trump.The call came days after Trump had decided to put a hold on military aid to Ukraine, which is fighting Russian-backed rebels in the country’s east, near the Russian border.Critics point to the sequence of events as proof that Trump was using the power of the presidency to pressure Zelensky into furthering his personal political ambitions in exchange for the military support.“I do not want Ukraine to be a piece on the chessboard of the great powers,” Zelensky said in the interview.Zelensky, inaugurated earlier this year, emphasized that Ukraine under his watch has been rooting out corruption, a tenet of his electoral campaign. RELATED ARTICLES Winter storm lashes US Midwest, disrupts post-Thanksgiving travel Dec 03, 2019 0 976 Trump refuses to take part in Wednesday’s impeachment hearing Dec 03, 2019 0 502 China slaps sanctions on US over pro-Hong Kong bill Dec 03, 2019 0 546 One dead, over 212,000 displaced as typhoon batters Philippines Manila: At least one person was killed and more than 212,000 people were displaced as Typhoon Kammuri battered the eastern Philippines on Monday, officials said. More than 4,100 people were also stranded at seaports in .. House fire kills 13 Pakistanis on farm in Jordan Amman: Thirteen Pakistanis were killed on Monday when a fire broke out inside a tin house on a farm in western Jordan. The blaze erupted at dawn in the house occupied by two Pakistani families in the al-Shuna al-Janubiyya .. Political uproar, protests after doctor gang-raped, killed in India New Delhi: Indian lawmakers on Monday demanded strict action against culprits in the gang-rape and murder of a 27-year-old woman, as hundreds of protesters nationwide called for a swift probe. Four men, all in their 20s, .. Japan to buy $146 million island for US military drills Tokyo: Japan said on Monday it had agreed to buy an uninhabited island off its southwest coast for $146 million, eyeing it for US military drills. Tokyo and Washington agreed in 2011 to relocate a training site for US .. Leaders pledge green revolution as UN climate summit opens in Madrid DPA Madrid Leaders promised a green revolution on Monday as they arrived in Madrid from nearly 200 countries for a major United Nations climate summit, where their aim is to iron out rules to reach the agreed goal of ..