Ukraine’s PM eager to help bring down Manafort

Groysman, in Ottawa Tuesday for a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was keen to distance the current government from the corruption of the previous, pro-Russian regime.
November 2, 2017, 6:54am

Ukraine’s government will fully cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, the country’s prime minister said Wednesday.

“We haven’t received any requests for information in this regard, but if we receive a request, we will of course provide the information we have,” Volodymyr Groysman told CBC News.

Groysman, in Ottawa Tuesday for a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was keen to distance the current government from the corruption of the previous, pro-Russian regime.

“My government and our term in office have absolutely no relations to this scandal,” he said.

Mueller’s indictment details work Manafort and business partner Rick Gates carried out for Viktor Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president who fled the country in 2014 during the Euromaidan revolution.

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Manafort is accused of funneling $75 million into overseas accounts for Yanukovych, and acting as an unregistered agent for a foreign power.

The 68-year-old is personally accused of laundering more than $18 million through property and other deals in the United States.

Groysman, who took office in April 2016, is seen as a protege of Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko; the pair have vowed to fight corruption and build closer ties to the EU.

An anti-corruption drive last October saw hundreds of Ukrainian officials publicly declare their wealth to emphasize the break with the past.

Groysman, who declared $1.7 million in cash and a collection of luxury watches, said the new system would “draw a line between politicians of the past, who have never explained the origins of their assets, and politicians of the future of Ukraine, who from now on will be accountable to the people and who must explain where they got their money.”