A statement issued Dec. 2 on Firtash’ s behalf read:
“The briefingwith Ambassador Taylor was private and confidential and Mr. Firtashwishes to respect the privacy of that meeting. Furthermore, Mr Firtash is not going to respond to statements allegedly contained in documents that – by the admission of those promoting them – were stolen from the United States government, in violation of federal criminal law, by people who are themselves now fugitives."
“Mr. Firtash provided the ambassador with a private and confidential briefing on a variety of issues and addressed questions the ambassador put to him. However, following the regrettable and unlawful publication of documents purporting to be the ambassador’s confidential notes of the meeting, Mr. Firtash feels obliged to clear up any subsequent mistranslation or misunderstanding of their meeting."