“I think everybody in Ukraine is so tired about Burisma. We have our own country. We have our independence, we have our problems and questions. That’s it,” Zelensky told CNN after making a statement to the press in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, testified that US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland told him that Zelensky agreed to make a public statement announcing the investigations in an interview on CNN in September.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that the impeachment hearings in Washington had stirred “Russophobic attitudes.”
Asked by CNN in a conference call to respond to statements from Democrats and witnesses that Trump’s conduct benefited Russian President Vladimir Putin, Peskov said: “You know that whenever Americans are on the eve of an election process, they are very much susceptible to the exacerbation of Russophobic attitudes. And they didn’t avoid that fate this time as well.”
“What is happening there, of course, is being watched with great interest around the world, including in our country, but we don’t want to comment on this. Let the Americans overcome this and handle it, it is their internal affair. We never interfered in their internal affairs, and are not going to interfere.”
CNN’s Darya Tarasova and Nathan Hodge contributed to this report from Moscow.