“The BBC story claimed that intermediaries acting for Mr Poroshenko made a secret payment to Michael Cohen, then Mr Trump’s personal lawyer, to set up talks between the two leaders,” the news agency reads.
In particular, it was noted that the payment composed around $400,000.
“Lawyers for President Petro Poroshenko said the allegation is untrue and "strikes at the core of his personal dignity and integrity,” the message says.
According to the lawyers, BBC journalists made a very strong and serious announcement, yet they had no evidence of any payment or secret talks” between the representatives of the U.S. and Ukraine Presidents.
“Mr Poroshenko has been seriously injured in his reputation and has been caused substantial distress and embarrassment. It has also caused him considerable distress and embarrassment since the allegation strikes at the core of his personal dignity and integrity,” the news agency reads.
At the same time, they also noted that after this publication, BBC refused from responding the President’s Administration of Ukraine and the material is still in the public domain. Poroshenko’s Administration insisted that the revealed information is a slander and fake.
First Poroshenko-Trump meeting was held on June 20, 2017 in the White House in Washington. After the meeting, Poroshenko said that the U.S. supported Ukraine’s territorial integrity, reforms in the state, and the country intended to cooperate in the military-technical and economy spheres. According to Trump, it was “a very good discussion and a significant progress was reached”.