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U.S. Appeared To Offer D.C. Visit To Zelenskiy In Return For Biden-Related Probe | RFE/RL |

A cache of correspondence was made public late on October 3 by U.S. House of Representative officials following a 10-hour interview with Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine who resigned last week after his name surfaced in a whistle-blower complaint.

In the morning ahead of a July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Zelenskiy, the envoy wrote a text message that said: "Heard from White House -- Assuming President Z convinces trump he will investigate / 'get to the bottom of what happened' in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to Washington."

An adviser to Zelenskiy appeared to accept the proposal, which included a probe into Ukrainian gas company Burisma. Biden's son Hunter was on the board of the firm at the same time his father was leading the Obama administration's dealings with Kyiv. No evidence has been presented indicating any wrongdoing by the Bidens in the case.

"Phone call went well," Andriy Yermak wrote in a text to Volker the day after Trump and Zelenskiy spoke.

Yermak then suggested several dates in September when Trump and Zerenskiy could hold a meeting. But the deal fell through when Yermak failed to put out a statement about the investigations.

Ukraine's Ambassador: Zelensky, Trump "will have chemistry" during upcoming meeting | UNIAN |

Changing Ukraine's ambassador to the United States, Valery Chaly, is needed to relaunch relations between the two countries, said Assistant to President Vladimir Zelensky Andrey Yermak.

"I fully support this decision. Ukrainian-American relations should reflect and take into account the position of President Zelensky. Ukraine should become a mutually beneficial strategic partner for the United States. Naturally, this all implies another person at the post of ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, "he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

Valeriy Chaly, Ukraine's Ambassador to U.S. (now retired)

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