Conflict between Danyliuk, Lutsenko will not affect IMF cooperation – Groysman
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said he does not think the conflict between Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk and chief of Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office Yuriy Lutsenko will affect cooperation between Ukraine and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
"I don't think relations of the two officials can affect cooperation of a 45-million people country with our international partners… I think officials should concentrate on fulfilling their tasks within their grants of authority. And what is very important – that we end the war between various state institutions in the country," Groysman said during a press conference on Friday in Kyiv marking the results of 2017.
The prime minister said all reforms underway are necessary, first and foremost, for Ukraine. As earlier reported, Danyliuk on December 21, 2017 accused the Prosecutor General's Office of hindering an investigation into the actions of former managers and owners of PrivatBank, initiating and actively promoting cases against the incumbent officials of the bank, the Finance Ministry and the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
Danyliuk said that it was possible to get a positive decision of the London court to freeze the assets of former PrivatBank owners Ihor Kolomoisky and Hennadiy Boholiubov "not thanks to the support of the prosecutor's office, as it should have been, but despite all direct attempts by the Prosecutor General's Office to interfere with this process."
The finance minister said that the nationalized PrivatBank had initiated five criminal cases, which are currently being investigated by the PGO, including attempts to bankrupt the bank, illegal withdrawal of capital from the bank and violations of use of confidential information stored in bank computer servers.
"However, not one of these cases has been sent to court, because pretrial investigation of the activities are proceeding slowly or not at all," Danyliuk said.