People's Front asking SBU, govt to check information about plans to resume cooperation of Antonov with Russia
People's Front Party is indignant with media reports that Antonov State Enterprise (Kyiv) could resume servicing of An-124 planes of Russia's Volga-Dnepr airline. The party insists on checking this information, including via the creation of an ad hoc commission.
"We appeal to the Security Service of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Ministers regarding urgent check of information appeared in mass media. In particular, an ad hoc commission should be created and understand if there were facts of violation of sanctions against the aggressor imposed by decisions of the NSDC [National Security and Defense Council] and if the rules of exporting double-purpose services were violated. The relevant officials are to report on the Verkhovna Rada," People's Front said in a statement posted on its website on Friday.
The political force said that this cooperation was to be terminated in 2015 under a decision of the government headed by Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
People's Front recalled that these are Ruslan transport aircraft available in the aggressor country, which could be used to deploy troops and military equipment of Russia. These are double-purpose aircraft, the party said.
"This cooperation with Russian enterprises is immoral and unambiguously prohibited by the current legislation of Ukraine (in particular, by the decisions of the NSDC) .In addition, the servicing of Volga-Dnepr company would have helped maintaining its monopoly position on the civil international market, and hence supporting the aggressor's economy. The hypothetical benefits of this for Antonov State Enterprise are not comparable with the damage for Ukraine," People's Front said.