ALEKSANDER KWASNIEWSKI IS “UNDER THE MAGNIFIER” OF THE AMERICAN PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
The US prosecutor’s office accused the former president of Poland of financial connections with the pro-Kremlin lobbyist Paul Manafort. It is reported by Upmp.news with reference to Polish Radio.
Ex-President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski may soon have serious problems. Americans took it seriously, and foreign media reported that Kwasniewski could receive a monetary reward from Paul Manafort, who had previously worked for Pro-Kremlin President Viktor Yanukovych. Kwasniewski strongly denies these messages.
Paul Mananafort is an influential American lobbyist, former head of the Donald Trump Electoral Headquarters during the presidential campaign. Manafort was also an advisor to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. American investigators have many questions to him concerning this period. According to the American prosecutor’s office, in 2012-2013, Manafort secretly paid a few European politicians to lobby for Ukraine.
At the same time, the indictment against Manafort does not confirm or assume that the activities of Kwasniewski or other European politicians contradicted the law. The portal gazeta.pl said that the investigation also has the name of the ex-chancellor of Austria Alfred Guzenbauer and ex-prime minister of Italy Romano Prodi. It is reported that it was Guzenbauer who was the head of the informal “group of Habsburg”, which Paul Manaforth transferred 2 million euros. “Its members had to act so that the task of lobbyists looked like rational recommendations, supported by objective assessments,” the portal onet.pl writes.
In a conversation with the portal, Kwasniewski admitted that he had met Manafort.
“We met in 2012 when, together with the ex-chairman of the European Parliament, Pet Cox carried out a mission in Ukraine whose task was to convince Yanukovych to release a leader of the opposition, Yulia Tymoshenko. We met several times, hoping that Manafort will help convince Yanukovych. I did not see him since 2013, when Yanukovych refused to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union and the Maidan began,” said Aleksander Kwasniewski, adding that “there was no money” and that he had no political or business arrangements with Manafort.