While working behind the scenes to shape the post-Maidan Ukrainian government to their liking, powerbrokers in Washington — Biden included — have done all they could to downplay the U.S. role.
by Alexander Rubinstein
Part 3 - Continuing corruption after the coup
Ukrainian media portrayed the meeting with a different tone. A rough translation of Interfax quotes the then-VP: “Especially in terms of corruption in Ukraine, he stressed, ‘You are unable to overcome corruption. The world will not tolerate this, nor can we solve this problem. You keep stressing that you need help in the energy sector, but you also have this system completely corrupt.’”
Like his stance on neo-Nazism, Biden’s stance on corruption seems to change with the political winds.
As journalist and lawyer Kevin Zeese recently noted, WikiLeaks previously reported that Biden “pledged U.S. financial and technical assistance to Ukraine” for fracking projects. Just months after Yanukovych was ousted and forced to flee to Russia, Biden’s son, Hunter, was put on the board of directors of Burisma Holdings, the largest private gas company in the country.
As the coup ended, the Washington-backed government eventually took shape under the auspices of billionaire Petro Poroshenko, who became the president in June. Biden may have gotten what he wanted — an ostensible end to corruption in Ukraine’s energy sector. At least that was the goal of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who opened an investigation into Burisma Holdings.
And so daddy came to the rescue. Here is Joe Biden, in his own words: “I got all the good [assignments]. And so I got Ukraine. And I remember going over, convincing our team, our leaders to — convincing that we should be providing for loan guarantees. And I went over, I guess, the 12th, 13th time to Kiev. And I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. And I had gotten a commitment from Poroshenko and from Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t…I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a bitch — he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
Biden made those comments at a Council on Foreign Relations event in 2018, during which he sat on a panel with Michael Carpenter, his former underling at the White House, who helped egg on the Maidan coup.