Open source data shows that Rudy Giuliani met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on behalf of a venture capital fund client in 2004.
If you’ve been reading this blog’s Paths to Putin, then this revelation will mark the 123rd path, and the very shortest route between Donald Trump and the Russian President.
Since then, his law and consulting practices have taken off, and his client list includes both Rosneft and the Emirate of Qatar; surprisingly, Giuliani also lists Russia’s Alfa Bank as a client too.
Giuliani was Trump’s right-hand man throughout the campaign and is a longtime friend of the President.
Today, Lavrov is still the Foreign Minister of Russia.
According to Giuliani’s former clients TriGlobal Strategic Ventures, the former Mayor met with Minister Lavrov in 2004 when he was newly hired, while employed by the venture capital firm.
Sergey Lavrov is still serving as Foreign Minister today.
The Giuliani/Lavrov relationship represents the highest level link possible between the Trump Campaign’s top surrogate and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
TriGlobal’s President Vitaly Pruss touted his relationship with Giuliani Partners on his firm’s website thusly:
From 2008 to 2011 Mr. Pruss worked closely with Giuliani Partners, LLC — international consulting company of former New york Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
According to TriGlobal’s website — which lists numerous events, many involving the former Trump campaign surrogate — in 2004 Giuliani also flew to meet with Russian billionaire Victor Rashnikov and flew to his remote Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works.
TriGlobal also says that Giuliani spent time in Kiev, Ukraine that year — proximate to the Orange Revolution — meeting with world famous former boxing champion, and now-Mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko.
Read my complete investigation of Rudy Giuliani’s extensive oil industry ties in the story “Is Rudy Giuliani The Mastermind Behind The Trump Russia Oil Deal?”