The government’s decision to increase natural gas prices for households has no connection to the International Monetary Fund’s requirements, claims Yulia Tymoshenko.

"I’m convinced that today’s 50% increase in natural gas prices for Ukrainian households has no connection to requirements set by the IMF. You can always reach an agreement with the IMF on other ways to compensate for financial deficits in Ukraine," Yulia Tymoshenko said during a briefing in Kyiv, BYuT press office reported.

The former prime minister noted that the IMF often raised this issue with her government. "But this was solely a decision to be made by the Ukrainian government."

"Even though this requirement was made, I never agreed to them and secured three loan disbursements for Ukraine from the IMF in the midst of the crisis, when this was hardest to do."

In Yulia Tymoshenko’s opinion, this decision was based on certain obligations to those who sponsored the current government’s election campaign, in particular the need to return $5.4 billion to RosUkrEnergo from public funds. "There is only one reason – because they need to return $5.4 billion to RosUkrEnergo."

Therefore, according to her, the debt to RosUkrEnergo will be paid by ordinary citizens. "Clearly the money has to come from somewhere and $5.4 billion is a lot of money. And that’s why they decided to collect it as an additional charge to people living on their last kopecks," explained Yulia Tymoshenko.

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