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Gândul - Romania | Thursday, May 15, 2014

US also just want Ukrainian gas

According to media reports on Wednesday, Hunter Biden, son of US Vice President Joe Biden, has been appointed to the board of directors of Ukrainian gas company Burisma. While the White House's initial reaction was to say it saw no conflict of interests, the online newspaper Gândul takes a cynical view of the news: "Burisma is one of the biggest oil and gas companies in Ukraine. The company was registered in a tax haven [Cyprus] in 2006, and belongs to [oligarch] Nikolay Zlochevsky. Zlochevsky was a member of parliament for toppled President Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions in Kiev, and was also minister of ecology and natural resources. In that capacity he declared in 2011 that Ukraine owned billions of cubic metres of liquid gas and that the reserves 'could even be double that according to an evaluation by US experts'. ... Why should the presence of Biden's son on Burisma's board discredit the US's efforts in the region? Nothing has happened: a private US citizen has found his calling in a private company in the land of unlimited possibilities - and that land is called Ukraine."

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