For free, he was guaranteed only a joint photo.
President of Ukraine Peter Poroshenko paid from 400 to 600 thousand dollars (37 million rubles) for a meeting with US President Donald Trump, the BBC reported , citing its own sources in Kiev.
After the meeting held in the White House in June 2017, Ukraine also closed the investigation against political consultant Trump Paul Manafort, who was accused of working for the pro-Russian Party of Regions.
According to the publication, Poroshenko had to resort to paid help because the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington and official Ukrainian lobbyists could only get a brief meeting with Trump during his meeting with subordinates from the presidential administration. It would include only a handshake and a joint photo.
The President of Ukraine wanted the outcome of the meeting to be presented as “negotiations”. Attempts to agree on an extended visit continued until the last hours, and Poroshenko did not know about their success even while on board the plane to Washington.
According to the BBC, the chain of people, thanks to which Poroshenko was able to achieve a full meeting with Trump, looked like this:
- An unnamed former assistant to Poroshenko;
- An unnamed deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine;
- An unnamed member of the New York Chabad ;
- Lawyer Michael Cohen.
The publication noted that his interlocutors had no assumptions in favor of the fact that Trump knew about payments from the Ukrainian side.
Throughout 2018, a personal lawyer and, according to some reports, “decided” Donald Trump Michael Cohen is in the center of the press. He is suspected of having paid $ 130,000 to pornstar Stormy Daniels for being silent about the novel with Trump, who later reimbursed the amount. The New York Times also reported that Cohen received more than a million dollars from an American company connected with Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.
The BBC noted that Cohen, with the organization of the meeting between Trump and Poroshenko, was helped by his childhood friend Felix Sater (Felix Satarov), a well-known New York gangster, developer and business partner of Trump. In August 2017 it became known that he took part in the coordination of the construction in Moscow of the skyscraper Trump Tower and persuaded the future president to personally come and “squeeze” the offer.