Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
During the military parade on the occasion of Independence Day the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that August 23rd marked 1000 days since Ukraine stopped buying Russian gas.
“Russia won’t be able to blackmail us any more, because we have increased our economic independence,” said Poroshenko.
“Since the autumn of 2016… by the way, yesterday marked already 1000 days that we haven’t bought gas from Russia,” he added.
In turn, the former Deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Andrey Portnov stated that Poroshenko lied about refusing to purchase Russian gas – Kiev continues to buy fuel from the Russian Federation according to so-called reverse schemes.
“This is a lie – he does import. He tampers with documents, exchanging the places of contracts and formally hides behind an intermediary that never extracted gas, and in coordination with Russia he imports Russian gas from Russian mines and from Russian pipes. Therefore it is better to spread a lie about Russian gas not on Independence Day, but on his birthday or on the anniversary of the first billion he stole on the back of gas,” wrote Portnov on his blog.
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