Ukrainian gas executive cooperating in US probe of Giuliani

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal prosecutors are planning to interview an executive with Ukraine’s state-owned gas company as part of an probe into the business dealings of Rudy Giuliani and two of his Soviet-born business associates.

A lawyer for Andrew Favorov confirmed on Tuesday that he is scheduled to meet voluntarily with the United States (US) Justice Department. Favorov is the director of the integrated gas division at Naftogaz, the state-owned gas provider in Ukraine.

Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating the business dealings of Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, including whether he failed to register as a foreign agent, according to people familiar with the probe. The people were not authorised to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Giuliani’s close associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested last month at an airport outside Washington while trying to board a flight to Europe with one-way tickets. They were later indicted by federal prosecutors on charges of conspiracy, making false statements and falsification of records.

Following an inquiry from The Associated Press, Favorov’s lawyer Lanny Breuer confirmed his client is set to meet with prosecutors.

“The Department of Justice has requested an interview,” Breuer said. “He has agreed and will voluntarily sit down with the government attorneys. At this time, it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani smiles as he arrives to US President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire. PHOTO: AP