UKRAINE-US RELATIONS

BLOOMBERG: Ukraine Seeks to Move On With US Now That Impeachment Is Over

Ukraine was dragged into the Trump impeachment affair leading to damaging associations that have threatened the country's long-term partnership with the US

Glen Carey and Vonnie Quinn
Thursday, 20 February 2020 19:32

Ukraine wants to move on in its relationship with the U.S. after the country was pulled into domestic politics during the impeachment process of President Donald Trump, the country’s foreign minister said.

The Ukrainian government is “happy that the whole investigation, the whole impeachment part, is over,” Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said Wednesday in an interview with Bloomberg Television in New York. “We hope that nobody will poke their nose in our elections. That’s what we are trying to do here, staying away from your local affairs, with your elections, especially in the electoral year.”

Ukraine was pulled into a bitter U.S. political fight after a phone call between Trump and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy set the impeachment process in motion. The president was acquitted by the Senate last month for pressuring the Ukrainian government to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden to help his re-election.

Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat, said in Kyiv last week after meeting Zelenskyy that it was time for Republicans and Democrats to get past the crisis and support Ukraine with security assistance. Murphy spoke during a visit along with Republican Senators Ron Johnson and John Barrasso. Witnesses in the House impeachment inquiry said Trump held up such aid for months last year to pressure Zelenskyy to announce probes into Biden and the Democrats.

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