Former Naftohaz Chairman Oleh Dubyna said today in court that Ukraine bought natural gas from Russia through then intermediary company RosUkrEnergo with the participation of former President Viktor Yushchenko.

"Yes, I think that then this was a political decision made by Viktor Yushchenko. Let him tell you about it," Oleh Dubyna said while testifying in court today, Tymoshenko's official website reported.

In his opinion, it was this contract signed between RosUkrEnergo, Gazprom and Naftohaz that led to the removal of the linkage between the price Ukraine paid for gas and the cost of transit, made it impossible to change the tariff rates for the transport of natural gas across Ukrainian territory, and eliminated the possibility of Ukraine purchasing alternative natural gas from Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan. "This contracts had at least three evils," he said.

The former head of Naftohaz also said that he met several times with RosUkrEnergo shareholders. "I met with them three times in Viktor Yushchenko’s office, twice in Baloha’s," said Oleh Dubyna, thus confirming the existence of ties between the former head of state and RosUkrEnergo.

The witness also said that the purchase of 11 billion cubic meters of gas that at the time belonged to RosUkrenergo was demanded by the Russian side. "I was surprised that after the signing of this agreement the Russian side insisted that this was our initiative," he added.

Oleh Dubyna also said that the signing of the gas contracts with Russia couldn’t be delayed given that the supply of Russian gas to Europe has stopped. "This had to be done urgently," he said.

Oleh Dubyna also refused the prosecution’s claims that Naftohaz and Ukrtranshaz suffered losses as a result of the signing of the gas agreements in 2009. "2.6 billion – the consolidated profits of the company Naftohz," he said.

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