Heroes of the Orange Revolution – Viktor Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko – stand up together once again. This time they are enemies because of the testimony of the former president at the ex-Prime Minister’s court trial.
The former president of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko gave yesterday (17.08.2001) a testimony about circumstances regarding signing by Yulia Tymoshenko a gas agreement with Russia in 2009. Yushchenko, enduring a cold glare of the ex-ally, suggested the judge that the contract, disadvantageous for Ukraine, was a price paid for Moscow supporting Tymoshenko in the presidential election in 2010. ‘Russia needed an obliging leader,’ said Yushchenko. ‘The agreement from January 19 is impossible to explain. You will not find any arguments,’ he stressed.
The former head of state also added that Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin offered a lower price to the Ukrainian side – ‘I’m citing Putin: I personally proposed that the Ukrainian prime minister come and sign a contract at a gas price of USD 250 per thousand cubic meters, and we will give you the right of re-export.’ According to Yushchenko, the ex-premier refused, which was ‘a turning point in the negotiations.’ The former president considered necessary summoning as witnesses the Russian head of government Vladimir Putin and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller in order to clarify circumstances surrounding negotiations over the agreement.
Yulia Tymoshenko, asked by the court to refer to the ex-president’s statement, surprisingly did not exercised this right: ‘I will not ask [Viktor Yushchenko] questions because I don’t want this court to pass judgment on the Orange Revolution. I don’t want to cause a squabble here to sort out relations between the president and the prime minister, who gained power through support of the nation. (…) All I want to say is that I want everything that Viktor Andriyovych says to be on his conscience. God will be his judge, not I,’ she ended stagily.
Watch coverage of Viktor Yushchenko’s testimony at the Yulia Tymoshenko’s trial [ru]:
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Watch a press conference of Viktor Yushchenko after giving his testimony in the court [uk]: