Toronto meeting was part of Ukraine pressure campaign by Trump team: U.S. diplomat

The advisory posted on the Interfax-Ukraine news agency website on July 1 sounded innocuous enough.

On the busy agenda of events planned for Volodymyr Zelensky, the newly elected Ukrainian president making his first visit to Canada, would be a meeting with Kurt Volker, the U.S. special representative to Ukraine.

Zelensky, the comic actor who upended Ukraine politics with a decisive win in the April presidential election, was in Toronto for the multilateral Ukraine Reform Conference. His schedule also included a July 2 meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

The meeting between Zelensky and Trudeau went ahead. But what became of Zelensky’s scheduled meeting with Volker is now in the spotlight, after veteran U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor gave closed-door testimony to a group of U.S. lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.


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