Oleg Deripaska calls allegations over ties with Paul Manafort ‘very absurd‘

Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska said in response to U.S. allegations against him that his relations with , President Donald Trump‘s one-time campaign manager, ended “seven or eight years ago.”

The businessman, a close associate of , on Friday in an attempt to get rid of sanctions placed on him last year as part of Washington‘s response to Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 elections.

Deripaska came under scrutiny in the for his ties to , with whom he had numerous and often murky business dealings.