It later came about that the company was owned by a third party.
“Surf had no knowledge that Black Sea Cable had been sold or transferred to another party,” the court document says.
The Washington Post reported in September that Manafort had offered to provide Deripaska with “private briefings” while he served as a top aide on the Trump campaign.
“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort reportedly wrote on July 7, 2016, to an intermediary, asking that the message be relayed to the Russian businessman.
Deripaska is known to have close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.