In the interview published on Monday, Zelensky also played down expectations ahead of a summit on December 9 in Paris in which he is set to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for the first time.
"That's not my thing".
Asked if he was aware of any evidence that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 USA election, Under Secretary of State David Hale said, "I'm not". But you have to understand. "If you're our strategic partner, then you can't go blocking anything for us". I think that's just about fairness. So he said he wasn't aware of or concerned with any alleged quid pro quo - he was concerned about his nation's ability to defend itself.
Donald Trump this morning turned to Twitter to announce what the president described as "breaking news".
Zelenskiy, a former comedian turned politician, has been in office for barely six months and his conversations with Trump are the topic of intense scrutiny in the USA, with their July 25 phone call at the center of the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Trump has vehemently denied the allegation, but has acknowledged that he did block the funds, which were later released.
The aid is vital to Ukraine, which is in the midst of an ongoing battle to regain the Crimean peninsula, which was illegally annexed by Russian Federation in 2014. But then he got into how Trump and other US officials had been publicly labeling Ukraine a "corrupt country" and the difficulties that this causes with global investors and businesses. "As for the United States, I would really want - and we feel this, it's true - for them to help us, to understand, to see that we are a player in our own right, that they can not make deals about us with anyone behind our backs".
"The server, they say Ukraine has it", Trump said according to the transcript of the call.
"Of course they help us, and I'm not just talking about technical help, military aid, financial aid". Zelenskiy says, "That's not my thing". I guess you have one of your wealthy people ... "It's a sign that they understand that they are stuck with Trump until 2020, that his base votes, and it's their only chance of survival". "Everybody just has their interests".
When pressed on whether he believes that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election, CNN reported Tuesday afternoon that Graham told reporters that he doubts Ukraine was behind the hacking of the DNC and Clinton email computers.
"Everyone hears that signal", he said. "But that signal from them is very important", Zelensky explained.
"All branches of government were corrupted over many years", he said. "And we are working to clean that up. But that signal from them is very important".