Kobolev declared his readiness to testify in case of Giuliani and his assistants Fruman and Parnas

Kobolev’s testimony may shed light on allegations by US and Ukrainian energy leaders that Parnassus and Fruman were trying to use their ties with Giuliani and Trump administration to replace Naftogaz’s leadership
10:53, 24 November 2019

Andry Kobolev, the Head of Naftogaz-Ukraine

Andriy Kobolev, General Director of Naftogaz, a Ukrainian state-owned gas company, is ready to testify during a federal investigation in the United States against the personal lawyer of US President Rudi Giuliani. This Kobolev said in an exclusive interview with Time.

"There is a high probability that they will invite me to testify in this case. If they call me, I will be ready to come and give evidence," the general director of Naftogaz said.

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Kobolev’s planned closed testimony, which was not previously reported, could shed light on recent allegations by US and Ukrainian energy leaders that Parnas and Fruman were trying to use their ties with Giuliani and the Trump administration to replace Naftogaz’s leadership, which opposed them attempts to conclude a profitable gas deal in Ukraine.

Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating Giuliani’s activities for violating his campaign finance and illegal lobbying laws. The investigation is related to the case against two associates of Giuliani - Igor Fruman and Leo Parnassus. They were suspected of violating campaign finance laws last month

The two assistants to Giuliani plead not guilty to illegally financing campaigns to advance their business interests.

Giuliani denied the allegations of misconduct and insisted that he was not affiliated with the gas company Global Energy Producers, owned by Fruman and Parnassus.

As we reported, Climate change processes will influence the future of Naftogaz and the gas industry as a whole. The head of Naftogaz-Ukraine Andriy Kobolev at the annual general meeting of the European Business Association (EBA) during the thematic panel "Waiting for the Future" stated this.

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