Declarations about the possible transport of Russian gas via Ukraine rather than Belarus is an attempt to make money from someone else’s misfortune, says Yulia Tymoshenko.

"A country always wants to increase its revenues and profits. But it seems to me that it’s dishonest to make money from the misfortune of neighboring states," Yulia Tymoshenko said during a press conference in Mykolayiv, commenting on the situation regarding the transit of Russian gas to Europe.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko, President Viktor Yanukovych should instead be focusing his efforts on protecting strategic state property. "Better that they [the Yanukovych-Azarov team] leave our gas transport system alone, and not give it away for a joint venture with Gazprom," she added.

Yulia Tymoshenko claims Ukraine’s reaction to the Belarusian problem demonstrates the morality of the Ukrainian ruling elite. "It seems to me there needs to be a spirit of solidarity between our countries, and this spirit of solidarity will once again demonstrate the Ukrainian president’s morality or lack thereof," said Yulia Tymoshenko.

As reported, on June 23, Russia’s Gazprom cut gas deliveries to Belarus by 60%. The transit of gas has not been reduced. Today Ukrainian Minister of Fuel and Energy Yuriy Boyko announced that the country is ready to increase gas transit to Europe by 30 billion cubic meters if necessary.

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