The Kremlin did not know about the program of the former head of the electoral headquarters of Donald trump Paul Manafort for the promotion of Russian interests in the former Soviet republics. This was stated press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, reports .
“No, the Kremlin did not know about this. I know that was the statements of Manafort, the statements of the representatives of Oleg Deripaska, but the Kremlin is irrelevant”, — said Peskov.
Responding to a question about whether there was any contact with Manafort with the Kremlin during his work in Russia, Peskov said that he was “not aware of any contacts”.
Yesterday the Associated Press reported that Manafort for several years worked for the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, promoting the interests of the Russian authorities. It was alleged that in 2006, Manafort signed with Deripaska agreement under which he received $10 million a year. The cooperation lasted until 2009. Information on cooperation with Deripaska confirmed to the AP Manafort.
The official representative of Deripaska said that Manafort really helped Oleg Deripaska “consulting services of an investment nature”. These services were provided under contracts that relate exclusively to the business interests of Oleg Deripaska, said the representative of the billionaire. “Currently, these contracts with Manufactum are the subject of litigation,” he added.
The New York Times in the summer of 2016, wrote that Manafort close relationship with Deripaska. The publication claimed that Manafort made a great contribution to the victory of Viktor Yanukovych in the presidential elections in Ukraine and actively participated in its promotion.