Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka claims huge damages from Tymoshenko gas deal with Russia and possible court cancellation of agreement
KYIV, April 17, 2011 (UBO) – The level of economic damages caused to the Ukrainian state by then-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s 2009 natural gas deal with Russia are estimated at $200 million, Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka claimed in an interview with Inter television today.
Without coordination with the government Prime Minister Tymoshenko took her personal decision that was economically disadvantageous for the country,” Pshonka was quoted as saying by Russian news service ITAR-TASS.
“We received the materials from the Ukrainian Security Service, as the talk is about national and economic security,” Pshonka said. “At that time the gas price totaled $179 and soon after the signing of the agreement the basic price grew to $450 per 1,000 cubic meters.”
On Friday, Pshonka’s principal deputy had told Inter the agreement on Russian gas exports to Ukraine concluded between Gazprom and Naftogaz in 2009 court be waived by the court.
“Can one say that the signing of this contract was in gross violation of the Ukrainian laws? Yes, this is so. On the Ukrainian side all actions related to the signing of the contract were unlawful,” Kuzman said. This could mean “the contract itself and all actions to implement it may be challenged and judicially abolished,” Kuzmin said.
Some political observers believe that the statements from the PGO may be a double-edged sword, aimed first at Tymoshenko, but also possibly planned as a tool to force a renegotiation of Ukraine’s contract with GazProm, the principally government-owned Russian energy giant.
In addition to additional charges expected to be lodged against Tymoshenko, the PGO has targeted Oleh Dubyna, the former head of Naftogaz Ukrainy, and have already put restrictions on his travel.
Tymoshenko has said she is being targeted by the pro-Russian Yanukovych administration because of her opposition to Ukraine’s possible withdrawal from its European Union bid in favor of membership in the Russia-centric Common Economic Space.