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Trump’s allies wanted to change management of Naftogaz-Ukraine

According to the businessmen’ plans, Andriy Favorov was supposed to replace Andriy Kobolev
11:14, 7 October 2019

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A group of businessmen affiliated with Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudolph Giuliani wanted to change the top management of Naftogaz of Ukraine, Associated Press reports, citing sources.

Among such businessmen, the publication names Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman and Boca Raton oil magnate Harry Sargeant III.

"This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine’s massive state gas company. Their plan was to then steer lucrative contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies," the source stated.

Related: Trump: I have obligation to end corruption, even requesting help of other countries

It is reported that the plans were not implemented due to the defeat of ex-President Petro Poroshenko in the 2019 elections.

As we reported earlier, the scandal phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zrelensky could happen upon the request of Minister of Energy Rick Perry, as Axios informs. 

Trump said to the Republicans he made the call to Zelensky at the instance of Perry. The U.S. President assures he did not want to call to the President of Ukraine, as the anonymous sources from the Chamber of Representatives inform. 

Related: Zelensky stated White House did not put forward conditions for his meeting with Trump

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