Tymoshenko says possible sale of GTS is a corrupt deal
Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the Batkivschyna Party, has said that if the Ukrainian authorities conduct a shadow privatization of the Ukrainian gas transportation system (GTS), the new Ukrainian president will return it to the state after elections.
"The new president of Ukraine will return the GTS to the state, as was the case with Kryvorizhstal. I want to warn everyone who invests money or will take part in this large-scale corruption. Nobody will return to anybody the money that will be taken from offshore companies for the shadow privatization of the system," the party's press service quoted her as saying in her speech from the parliamentary rostrum on Tuesday.
Tymoshenko accused Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of fraud with the Ukrainian pipeline system.
"We know for sure that offshore companies affiliated with him are involved in this deal. I ask him to stop, not to use his corrupt plan against Ukraine," Tymoshenko said.
According to her, Poroshenko and his entourage already have a "suitcase mood," and they want to leave, taking everything that, in their opinion, "the Ukrainian people does not need."
"Such property as the GTS should remain in state ownership. The cost of building such a system from scratch is about 300 billion dollars. To sell half of the GTS for almost seven [billion dollars] means to conduct a corrupt deal in front of the whole society," Tymoshenko said.
Therefore, according to her, the Batkivschyna Party insists on the immediate adoption of draft law No. 8107, which prohibits any manipulation with the property of the GTS.