British businessman Arron Banks, who was one of the key sponsors of Brexit, denied media reports about his “secret” ties with Russian officials who could interfere in the process of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union
Arron Banks (Photo: Ben Birchall / FA Bobo / PIXSELL / PA Images)
One of the key sponsors of the campaign for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, British businessman Arron Banks in a conversation with Reuters refuted information about his contacts with Russian officials.
“I’ve never seen such an intricate story in my life,” said the businessman. – Yes, I had lunch with the Russian ambassador twice, and we had business contacts. So what?”
Asked if he ever received money from the Russian government or helped organize Brexit, Banks laughed and assured him: “No, of course not. You know, if it was really so, then I’m still waiting for the check. It’s just absolute nonsense – it’s like hunting Salem witches. They just keep shouting: “Witch! Witch!”.
According to the businessman, rumors about “Russian interference” are now “in full swing” and are trying to discredit all the participants of Brexit. Arron Banks said that next week he will appear before the British lawmakers and tell them about his contacts with officials from other countries.
“They were not only Russians: we met people of different nationalities, we also informed the State Department in Washington, we also met with senior embassy officials in London,” he explained.
“If you follow this logic, if we are Russian spies, we should be American spies, too,” concluded Banks.
The Sunday Times found the connection of the sponsor Brexit with Russia
So the businessman commented the publication of The Sunday Times, which received access to his electronic correspondence. The publication claims that Arron Banks participated in business-related business schemes and discussed them with Russian officials. In particular, the newspaper points out, he met three times with the Russian ambassador to Great Britain Alexander Yakovenko, two of these meetings were “secret”, non-public. The diplomat suggested to the businessman to take part in the transaction, which concerns “six gold mines in Siberia”, which belong to the Russian gold miner Sergei Povarenkin.