Rudy Giuliani Headlines A Pro-Russian Armenian Conference
Rudy Giuliani has been a constant TV presence, acting as both Donald Trump’s lawyer and spokesperson. Now, Giuliani seems to be aligning himself ever closer to Trump’s pro-Russia rhetoric. This week, Guiliani traveled overseas and appeared as a speaker at a Pro-Russian Armenian technology conference.
According to Talking Points Memo, Giuliani “was the final speaker at a plenary session titled “technological breakthroughs and potential opportunities of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.”
Among the highlighted topics of the event were subcontracting, international cooperation, and cyber-security. Giuliani was joined as a speaker by top adviser John Huvane and Russian adviser to Vladimir Putin, Sergey Glavyez.
Ukraine has accused Glavyez of being involved in Russia’s controversial annexation of Crimea. Kiev officals say that Glavyez, “organized unrest in Donetsk, Odessa and Kharkov” and also planned the “encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and unleashed a war of aggression.”
Glavyez was not the only controversial figure who appeared at the event. Giuliani was reportedly invited to appear at the conference by Armenian-Russian billionaire Ara Abramyan.
Abramyan is on the board of Triglobal Strategic Ventures. This is a group that Giuliani has had a long relationship with. According to the New York Times, records show Giuliani has had ties with TriGlobal dating to at least 2004. The company has provided “image consulting to Russian oligarchs and clients with deep Kremlin ties.”
For his part, Giuliani attempted to separate his appearance at the event from his job as Trump’s lawyer. He told the Armenian press, “I am here as a private citizen. I am not here in my capacity as a private lawyer to President Trump.”
It is also not known if Giuliani was paid to attend the event.
The appearance of the President’s lawyer at an event featuring prominent supporters of Vladimir Putin will certainly raise questions.