Russian banker had ties with President Putin, who met with Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner in December. It is also said that he was appointed by Putin and had good relationship with Russian Government.
The meeting between Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and one of his closest advisers, and the chairman of a state-run Russian bank will likely be scrutinized by congressional investigators probing links between Trump associates and the Russian government.
Sergey Gorkov and Kushner met in December 2016 , Sergey Gorkov is chairman of VneshEconomBank.
The meeting raises additional questions because VEB has been under US sanctions for three years, and because Kushner has been trying to attract financing for a building project of his in Manhattan.
The White House said Kushner was acting as a Trump adviser — not as a private developer — when he met with Gorkov.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday that “He was a conduit and to — to leaders and that’s until we had a State Department, a functioning place for people to go,”
Veb confirmed the meeting with Trump’s son in law to CNN and according to him Mr Kushner met him as the head of Kushner companies not as the representative of Trump.
The VEB statement said that “During 2016 the bank’s management repeatedly met with representatives of the world’s leading financial institutions in Europe, Asia and America … including the head of Kushner Companies, Jared Kushner.”
Experts say that meeting between Kushner and Gorkov does not violate the US sanctions, and it is not unusual for businesses under sanctions to meet with US officials.
“I don’t see any problem in having a meeting,” said Paul Saunders, executive director of the Center for the National Interest, a Washington, D.C., think-tank. “The prohibitions relate to doing business with the banks, not to talking to them.”
VEB is a state-owned Russian corporation formed in 2007 that is closely tied to the Russian government. Its chairman is appointed by the Russian president. The Russian prime minister is chairman of the bank supervisory board.
It was disclosed on Monday that Kushner agreed to speak to the Senate intelligence committee for its inquiry into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government in its effort to sway the 2016 election toward Trump.
Lawmakers want to question Kushner regarding his meeting with Russian banker.
President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russian financial institutions in 2014 after Russian annexed part of neighboring Ukraine.