Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview Saturday that he is “ready for [the] next call” with President Donald Trump.
In an interview with CNN at the Munich Security Conference, the Ukrainian leader joked that all of the publicity from his last call with the president has made him “very popular in the United States.”
“In my previous profession, when I was a producer, scriptwriter and actor, I wanted to get an Oscar, I wanted to be popular in the U.S.A. Now I am very popular in the USA,” Zelensky told the network.
“If this way will help Ukraine, I am ready for the next call with Mr. Trump,” he added.
The Ukrainian president did want to clarify the issue of corruption in his country, saying it’s part of the past.
“That’s not true,” Zelensky said about corruption being as bad in current Ukrainian society. “When I had a meeting with President Trump and he said that in previous years [Ukraine] was such a corrupt country, I told him very honestly and I was very open with him. I told him that we fight with corruption. We fight each day.”
“Please, please stop saying that Ukraine is a corrupt country, because from now, it’s not true. We want to change this image,” he added.