Photo: Lev Parnassus (from open sources)
Parnassus warned Kiev of possible US military aid to Ukraine
Arrested American businessman, immigrant from Ukraine Lev Parnas, associated with US President Rudolf Giuliani's lawyer, warned Ukraine's new leadership that the Trump administration would freeze military aid to the country. This was reported by The New York Times.
The main condition, as the magazine writes, was the need for a statement from Kiev on the initiation of an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. Parnassus's lawyer Joseph Bondi told the publication in particular that his client plans to talk about this at a congressional hearing.
If Kiev does not meet these conditions, US Vice President Mike Pence will not be present at the swearing-in of the new president, as will the United States to freeze military aid to Ukraine, the New York Times writes.
It is clarified that the meeting in Parnassus with the representative of the President of Ukraine took place in Kiev on May 20, a few days before the inauguration of Zelensky. It was attended by only three people: Parnassus, Igor Fruman and Sergey Shefir, who were part of Zelensky's closest employees.
According to the lawyer, Parnassus transmitted the message to Zelensky's representative on instructions from Giuliani, whom he considered to act in accordance with Trump's instructions. Meanwhile, Giuliani himself said that he "categorically did not ask him to say it." In turn, Shefir confirmed the fact of the meeting, but added that the issue of military aid to Ukraine did not arise.
Shefir added that he told Parnassus and Fruman that "we can consider the possibility of meeting Giuliani, but only publicly and officially, and only after the inauguration of the newly elected president. "
As the publication emphasizes, Pence did not really participate in Zelensky's inauguration ceremony. His office told the newspaper that the decision was made on May 1
We will remind you that it was previously reported that People associated with US President Donald Trump's lawyer – Rudi Giuliani – in February asked Ukraine's fifth President Petr Poroshenko to launch an investigation into the Burisma Group, which reported that businessmen Lev Parnas (native to Ukraine) and Igor Fruman (native of Belarus) had contact with Poroscho's lawyer for Trump.
William Taylor, US Charge d & # 39; Affaires ai, previously said that the freezing of military aid to Ukraine was linked to the fact that Trump was preoccupied with the idea of acquiring Greenland. that staff in the US presidential administration were traveling abroad all the time.