Erik Prince says he mentioned US-Russia relations with Russian banker in Seychelles

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Erik Prince, founding father of Blackwater USA, arrives to look earlier than a closed door session of the Home Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, November 30, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Erik Prince, the billionaire founding father of Blackwater Worldwide, confirmed Thursday that he met with a Russian banker with shut ties to the Kremlin in a secret January assembly within the Seychelles.

Prince and Kirill Dmitriev, the CEO of the Russian Direct Funding Fund, mentioned U.S.-Russia relations, together with commerce and joint efforts to fight Islamic terror, he stated.

The RDIF is Russia’s $10 billion sovereign wealth fund.

“I keep in mind him saying how a lot he wished commerce would resume with the US in a traditional approach,” Prince instructed the Home Intel committee, based on a transcript of Prince’s interview launched Wednesday.

He stated that he needed to search Google for a photograph of Dmitriev with a purpose to discover him in a bar.

The meeting in the Seychelles was initially reported by The Washington Publish. The investigative outlet The Intercept first identified Russian banker Kirill Dmitriev as having met with Prince throughout the island go to.

Prince stated that he did not focus on sanctions with Dmitriev, or the prospect of doing enterprise with him.

Prince once more denied that he was performing as a surrogate of the Trump marketing campaign when he met with Dmitriev within the Seychelles. The Washington Publish initially reported that Prince was performing on the Trump marketing campaign’s behalf on the assembly.

Click here to read the full interview transcript.

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