On the occasion of his forthcoming official visit to Japan, scheduled for January 17-21, 2011, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych gave an interview to representatives of leading Japanese media. 

When asked about the misuse of funds received under the Kyoto Protocol by the Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Viktor Yanukovych said: 

"Unfortunately, the previous government has indeed used a part of the received funds for other purposes. Therefore, the new government had a clear task: to return these funds. And despite the ongoing financial crisis, the current government took a tough decision to allocate money from the general fund of the State Budget of Ukraine at the expense of some sensitive items for returning the financial resources received from Japan. 

Until May 20, 2010 our government had done everything for the money to be transferred to the National Environmental Investment Agency. I would like to repeat that we have done that at the expense of other programs. But we had no other choice. 

Ukraine's image does not have to suffer because of carelessness of the former officials, who managed these funds so irresponsibly," presidential press office reported

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