The US butts into Ukrainian and Russian affairs and the VP's son has a job with a Ukrainian energy company, suspicious?
Why did an energy firm with big assets in Ukraine hire Joe Biden
In the span of a few weeks, an energy firm little-known inside the United States added two members to its board of directors ó scoring connections to Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden in the bargain.
On April 22, Cyprus-based Burisma announced that financier Devon Archer had joined its board. Archer, who shared a room in college with Kerryís stepson, Christopher Heinz, served as national finance co-chair for the former senatorís 2004 presidential campaign.
Then, on Monday, the firm announced that Bidenís younger son, R. Hunter Biden, would join the board of directors.
Why would the company, which bills itself as Ukraineís largest private gas producer, need such powerful friends in Washington?
The answer might be the companyís holdings in Ukraine. They include, according to the firmís website, permits to explore in the Dnieper-Donets Basin in the countryís eastern regions, home to an armed pro-Russian separatist movement. They also include permits to explore in the Azov-Kuban Basin of the strategic Crimean peninsula, annexed earlier this year by Moscow.
Itís not clear what will happen to energy firms, like Burisma, that aim to explore and exploit potential deposits in those areas. Neither the Archer nor the Biden announcement explicitly mentions the unrest, and itís not clear exactly when their discussions to join the board began. In an April 23 Q&A, the transcript of which appears on Burismaís website, Archer said he had been approached ďa few months agoĒ about the opportunity to consult for the oil company. The announcement of his directorship came less than a month after the disputed vote in Crimea to rejoin Russia.
The White House and the vice presidentís office denied there was anything untoward about Bidenís appointment.
ďHunter Biden and other members of the Biden family are obviously private citizens and where they work does not reflect an endorsement by the administration or by the Vice President or President,Ē said President Barack Obamaís press secretary, Jay Carney. ďBut I would refer you to the Vice Presidentís office.Ē