Poroshenko: Three-billion-dollar Russian loan to Ukraine was bribe

Poroshenko: Three-billion-dollar Russian loan to Ukraine was bribe | Русская весна

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday that Russia’s $3-billion-dollar loan to his country was a "bribe" sealed by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

According to Poroshenko, the whole situation around the money which Russia loaned to Ukraine in 2013 was dubious. He assumed the loan was a bribe that followed immediately after President Viktor Yanukovych had refused to sign as association agreement with the European Union in Vilnius.

"That was a bribe," Poroshenko said Monday in an interview with Bloomberg Television in his office in Kiev. Even so, "Ukraine will demonstrate responsible behavior. This is the responsibility of the Finance Ministry and the government." We created all the conditions for the government, and the finance minister is supposed to make a responsible decision, Poroshenko said when asked whether Kiev was going to make a payment worth $75 million on June 20.

The Kremlin wants Kiev’s current authorities to say it definitely whether they consider themselves as a legal successor to the former government or they turn down its liabilities, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

"When we hear such statements [by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko], first of all we want to know whether the current authorities denounce their liabilities, of which we are most concerned about their financial liabilities," Peskov told journalists, commenting on Poroshenko’s pronouncements that the Russian three-billion-dollar loan to Ukraine was a "bribe" to former head of state Viktor Yanukovich for his abandoning association with the European Union.

"Viktor Yanukovich, who was Ukraine’s president at that time [in 2013] was toppled in an illegal and anti-constitutional state coup," Peskov noted. "So far, we have no answer to the question [about legal succession]. Frankly speaking, I find it difficult to say whether Poroshenko’s words could be taken as an answer to that question."

When asked whether Russia would bring up the issue of illegitimacy of Kiev’s current authorities in case Ukraine questioned the necessity to repay the Russian loan, Peskov answered in the negative. "No, this is not the point. If we speak about the legitimacy of Ukraine’s authorities, the question is whether their challenge Ukraine’s legal succession as a state, or, in other words, whether they challenge Ukraine’s international liabilities," he said.

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