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New US pressure on Zelensky

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The head of the US Ministry of Energy, Rick Perry, demanded that Kiev include US citizens on the board of directors of the Ukrainian oil and gas company Naftogaz, Politico writes citing sources.

“Among those who were considered for these positions, there were two leaders of the energy sector, based in Texas – where did Perry come from,” the article says.

The publication also reports that Perry tried to put pressure on Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to step up the fight against corruption. However, there is no evidence that he asked to investigate the affairs of former US Vice President Joe Biden.

Earlier media reported that during a conversation with Zelensky, U.S. President Donald Trump asked for an investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of Joe Biden, who could become the main rival of the American leader in the 2020 elections.

A published transcript confirmed that Trump asked Zelensky to investigate the dismissal of former Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, who investigated the activities of the Burisma Group, whose directors included Biden’s son, and the case of Hunter Biden himself.

Democrats, who control the lower house of Congress, have announced the start of the impeachment process trump. They accuse the president of asking for help from a foreign state to intervene in the election through an attempt to discredit a political adversary.

Trump denies the allegations. In his opinion, Biden asked to dismiss Shokin, since he was investigating the case of his son. The US president called these demands “complete disaster.”

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