Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The American Embassy influenced the decisions of the Verkhovna Rada with the help of information about the bank accounts of key figures of parliament.
This was stated on the air of the TV program “An evening with Vladimir Solovyov” by the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the previous convocations Spiridon Kilinkarov.
“I state with responsibly that in the Verkhovna Rada, when there were some difficult political affairs, the ambassador of the US always appeared on the balcony. He didn’t hit anyone with a stick, he didn’t shout, he just culturally sat down in a chair and observed voting in the parliament. If a vote wasn’t passed, in the evening key figures who make decisions are invited to the American Embassy. He doesn’t shout there either. He says: ‘You know, mister, here you have bank accounts, here, here, and here … I’ve been here since 2006, I remember that there were three or four of such votes…’,” said Kilinkarov.
“Mr Poroshenko said today that he has done more in one year than all the previous governments and presidents in the last 27 years. But actually this isn’t true. Concerning European integration, Yanukovych did more work than most. He passed more decisions than anyone else. He adapted the legislation of Ukraine, demanded a vote on European questions, etc,” added Kilinkarov.
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