Kiev’s persecution of Medvedchuk is a double standard – Kozak – Russia
MOSCOW, June 2. / TASS /. Deputy Chief of the Russian Presidential Staff Dmitry Kozak considers high treason charges against Ukrainian politician, head of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life, Viktor Medvedchuk party to be illogical , in the context of the persistence of trade relations between Moscow and Kiev. Asked Wednesday on the Rossiya-24 24h / 24 television news channel, Kozak called the position “duplicity”.
He said that “today’s business turnover, despite the restrictions and mutual sanctions imposed by former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko and incumbent President Vladimir Zelensky, amounts to 11 billion dollars “.
In 2020 alone, Ukraine and its businesses close to Ukrainian authorities imported $ 6.7 billion worth of goods.
“These revenues go to Russia, which according to the Ukrainian parliament law of 2018 is an aggressor country,” Kozak said.
“We get income from it. Our economy is getting stronger. We collect taxes. These taxes are used to maintain our state and solve social and economic problems. It is an open secret that with this money we are providing humanitarian aid. at Donbass, “he said. continued saying. “If this logic is to be followed, everyone who has bought goods and services in Russia should sit next to Medvedchuk.”
Kozak stressed that the decisions in favor of imports from Russia were taken by the current Ukrainian authorities, who “disburse money from the budget for the purchase of the corresponding goods” and “allow the tycoons of large companies close to them to buy these goods in Russia and pay the money here. “
In the first quarter of 2021, this trade turnover, he said, increased in many ways – imports from Russia in value increased by 1.5% and in real terms by 20%.
“Where is the logic? Formally, Ukrainian imports from Russia and payments for them to Russia are precisely the kind of activity in which Medvedchuk himself was involved. It is impossible to explain “said Kozak.
On May 13, a Kiev court placed Medvedchuk under house arrest until July 9. He was charged with high treason and violating the laws and customs of war. The attorney general’s office has released several tapes of what it said were telephone conversations between Medvedchuk and Russian officials, who were discussing the energy supply. Medvedchuk said the audios were fake and dismissed all charges against him as baseless and unproven.
He called the authorities’ actions “an attempt to personally muzzle the Opposition Platform – For Life and the Opposition in General”.