"Reforms that changed a Soviet based legal economic framework to a western one (increase of NATO exercises/nuclear deal/" He also added the line: "Even at the end of the process Manafort was engaged in helping the Europeans and the Ukrainians negotiate the final terms" of Ukraine's prospective association agreement with the EU.Manafort's allies have insisted that his work in Ukraine was centered around drawing it closer to the West.
"I was just annoyed at a Mc Clatchy publication that falsely claimed Manafort had derailed Association Agreement with the European Union," Voloshin said.
The court filings unsealed on Friday show that Manafort did more than just read the draft op-ed and fix typos: He inserted big-picture themes that portrayed him as having advised Yanukovych to befriend the west and move away from Russia.
New court documents filed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office and unsealed on Friday show that Paul Manafort made extensive edits to an op-ed written by a pro-Russia Ukrainian operative that painted a flattering picture of Manafort's highly controversial lobbying work.
Mueller abruptly pulled out of a bail agreement his office had reached with Manafort's legal team when one of his special agents, Brock Domin, discovered that Manafort had been helping to write an op-ed in violation of a court gag order.
"Also, during these early months, VY [Viktor Yanukovych] implemented other important policy changes that signaled he was serious about moving Ukraine into the western orbit," Manafort wrote.