09:50 23.11.2013

Yanukovych squeezes $20 b out of Russia for not signing EU deal - opposition leader

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Yanukovych squeezes $20 b out of Russia for not signing EU deal - opposition leader

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has managed to obtain $20 billion from Russia through bargaining in exchange for not signing the Association Agreement with the EU, and part of this money will be spent on his reelection in 2015, says Arseniy Yatseniuk, the leader of the Batkivschyna parliamentary faction.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Yatseniuk said this conclusion is evident from the government's decision to suspend preparations for signing the Association Agreement with the EU.

"We can attest clearly that there will be no honesty and transparency in elections in Ukraine. And this is part of Viktor Yanukovych's agreement with the Russian leadership, and therefore we should talk about a fight against the anti-Ukrainian regime," Yatseniuk said.

"President Yanukovych has presumably squeezed a price cut for gas for himself and his close entourage, and President Yanukovych has squeezed some $20 billion for himself and his close entourage, half of which will be stolen and the other half they will spend on the election campaign so that Viktor Yanukovych could rig the outcomes of the voting in 2015," he said.

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