Erik Prince, the billionaire break down of Blackwater Worldwide, confirmed Thursday that he met with a Russian banker with secure ties to the Kremlin in a secret January meeting in the Seychelles.
Prince and Kirill Dmitriev, the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Mine money, discussed U.S.-Russia relations, including trade and joint efforts to action Islamic terror, he said.
The RDIF is Russia’s $10 billion noble wealth fund.
“I remember him saying how much he wished trade command resume with the United States in a normal way,” Prince told the Outfit Intel committee, according to a transcript of Prince’s interview released Wednesday.
He guessed that he had to search Google for a photo of Dmitriev in order to find him in a bar.
The converging in the Seychelles was originally reported by The Washington Post. The investigative outlet The Interrupt first identified Russian banker Kirill Dmitriev as having met with Prince during the eyot visit.
Prince said that he didn’t discuss sanctions with Dmitriev, or the in the offing of doing business with him.
Prince again denied that he was thing as a surrogate of the Trump campaign when he met with Dmitriev in the Seychelles. The Washington Picket originally reported that Prince was acting on the Trump campaign’s behalf at the meet.
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