1. Top shot of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy talking to journalists
2. Wide of correspondent asking question
3. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President of Ukraine:
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"Mr President of the US can't influence a decision on any case as Ukrainian legislation is independent, and legal bodies are independent from the United States too. He can't. He can say: "Ok, we have details, we have a view that Ukraine did interference. But it's needed to be accountable for all words." That's why when America says "yes, the interference was done" I always say, "super, hand the details over to us, give, give them and we'll find…" Ukraine is not that kind of country. We don't interfere into elections. We are different. If previous authorities interfered into elections give us details and we will investigate with pleasure."
4. Mid of correspondent asking question to Zelenskiy
5. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President of Ukraine:
"Indeed we are ready to investigate the Burisma case and interference from the Ukrainian side into US elections (in 2016) if it happened. We are ready and I've told about this before if it will be a joint investigative team, a joint team of (US and Ukrainian) general prosecutors."
6. Top shot of Zelenskiy talking to journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President of Ukraine:
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"They (US) has blocked (military aid) even before we (Zelenskiy and US President Donald Trump) had a conversation. But what is important is it hasn't been discussed in that conversation. I mean I didn't even know about that. Later the defense minister told me that we have a problem. The aid was blocked. This issue didn't exist at all when we've talked with Trump. When the defense minister told me about that problem I knew that I would discuss this issue in Warsaw (on September 1 when Trump was supposed to visit)."
8. Top shot of cameramen
9. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President of Ukraine:
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"He (former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko) is against the pullback and it seems to him that Maidan may happen because of that. Moreover he is pushing people a little bit (to protest), pushing by using his media and by his actions for example he was walking walking an accidentally came to Maidan…"
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said his country would happily investigate whether Ukrainians interfered in the 2016 US elections.
Zelenskiy told reporters on Thursday it was in Ukraine's interest to determine what happened but the decision on any probe would not be influenced by the US as Ukrainian legislation was "independent".
US President Donald Trump asked Zelenskiy for such an investigation in a July phone call that has helped prompt an impeachment inquiry.
Trump's claims that Ukraine allied with the Democrats in a plot to derail his 2016 presidential campaign, though no evidence of such a plot has emerged.
Answering question about local Ukrainian issues, Zelenskiy accused his predecessor of fomenting protests to derail a peace process for the country's separatist-held east and said talks with Russia were the only way to end the five-year war there.
Zelenskiy told reporters that Petro Poroshenko, who he defeated in April's election, was "pushing" people to oppose the withdrawal of heavy weaponry in eastern Ukraine, where fighting against Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014.
"He is against the pullback and he thinks that he can spearhead another Maidan," Zelenskiy said, referring to the square in the capital of Kyiv that was the site of 2013-2014 protests that ousted a pro-Russian government and eventually propelled Poroshenko into power.