TOP-NEWS learns about attempts from the U.S. to change the leadership of Naftogaz
Businessmen associated with Donald Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were originally involved. Now, according to the Associated Press, the head of the U.S. Department of Energy Rick Perry took it
A group of American businessmen associated with U.S. President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani tried to influence the appointment of board members of the Ukrainian state oil company Naftogaz. The goal was to continue signing lucrative contracts for companies controlled by Trump’s partners, the Associated Press reported, citing sources familiar with the situation.
Such attempts, according to the agency, were made last spring. Sources say that American businessmen Lev Parnassus, Igor Fruman and Harry Sargeant III (all clients of Giuliani) were involved in them.
In early March, Fruman, Parnassus, and Sargeant promoted the idea of replacing Andrei Kobolev as chairman of the board of Naftogaz to Andrei Favorov, the manager of the gas company. To achieve the goal, they touted their ties to Giuliani and Trump. However, the plans of American businessmen failed after Petro Poroshenko lost the presidential election.
In the future, sources say, plans to create a “friendly team” at the head of Naftogaz was picked up by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who proposed to the board of directors of the Ukrainian state oil company an American from his home state of Texas.
Politico reported yesterday that Perry offered to include Americans on the board of directors of Naftogaz, Politico reported, citing its sources.
The reports come amid a scandal that erupted in the U.S. over a phone call between Trump and Mr. Green, which took place on July 25. Democrats believe Trump has pressed his Ukrainian counterpart for his political interests, calling for the reopening of the investigation into the son of former U.S. vice president and Trump’s rival in the upcoming presidential race, Joseph Biden. This phone conversation was the reason for the beginning of the impeachment procedure for Trump, which was launched by Democrats in the U.S. Congress.