1. Various of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arriving to news conference and sitting down
2. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President of Ukraine:
"We (Zelenskiy and US Vice President Mike Pence) had meeting there (in Warsaw). It was comprehensive and very good. And after this meeting the US has unlocked aid and added 140 millions US dollars. That's why there was no blackmail. Not at all, as that was not a theme of our conversation."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says there was "no blackmail" in the phone call with US President Donald Trump that helped spark an impeachment inquiry.
Responding on Thursday to questions from The Associated Press, Zelenskiy said he only learned after their July 25 phone call that the US had blocked hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.
Zelenskiy said the aid wasn't the "theme" of their conversation in July.
He spoke during an unusual, all-day "media marathon" in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as president.
Trump asked Zelenskiy during the call to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to a rough White House transcript.
Congressional Democrats believe Trump was holding up the aid to use as leverage to pressure Ukraine and advance his domestic political interests ahead of next year's US presidential election.
Trump said the military aid was frozen because of concerns about corruption in Ukraine, but the move prompted congressional outcry and the money was released in September.
The July call is central to the impeachment inquiry, and embarrassed Zelenskiy because it showed him as eager to please Trump and critical of European partners.