On Thursday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko appeared on CNN and dismissed Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani who has claimed President Trump personally directed him to get Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Frankly, I have not spoken with [Lev Parnas], and again, frankly, I don’t trust any word he is now saying.” Prystaiko said.
Vadym Prystaiko, Foreign Minister of Ukraine: "Frankly, I have not spoken with [Lev Parnas], and again, frankly, I don’t trust any word he is now saying." pic.twitter.com/bRUm3mleqN
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In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Parnas said Trump’s efforts in Ukraine were all about the 2020 election and were focused on personal interests.
“That was the way everyone viewed it,” Parnas told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “That was the most important thing, for him to stay on for four years and keep the fight going. I mean, there was no other reason for [withholding the Ukrainian aid].”
Prystaiko noted that military aid in question is reviewed by the U.S. once every six months. “We knew that this assistance is to be reviewed sometimes”, Prystaiko continued, adding that aid could be cut depending on if Ukraine fulfills its obligations. “Sometimes it is raised, which we are now observing. At the end of the year, we will have received even more than it was planned,” the minister explained.
Parnas’ claims were also dismissed by White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who said: “These allegations are being made by a man who is currently out on bail for federal crimes and is desperate to reduce his exposure to prison. The facts haven’t changed — the president did nothing wrong and this impeachment, which was manufactured and carried out by the Democrats has been a sham from the start.”