“Fuel and Energy Minister Boyko … has repeatedly stressed the positive role RosUkrEnergo (RUE) plays in affording Ukraine cheap energy. The non-transparent middleman, which Boyko helped create, expects to expand further its influence in Ukraine’s energy market through acquisitions made either by itself or by its subsidiary, UkrGazEnergo,” Taylor allegedly wrote in a 2007 diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks.
The U.S. ambassador, however, had a clearly negative view of RosUkrEnergo’s activity in Ukraine. He and other U.S. officials saw Boyko and RosUkrEnergo as agents of Russian influence who strived to undermine Ukraine’s state energy company Naftogaz.
RosUkrEnergo is co-owned by Russian gas giant Gazprom and Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash.