Ex-President Viktor Yushchenko, who on Wednesday has been questioned by Kyiv's Pechersk District Court as a witness in the abuse-of-office case of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has actually accused her of disrupting the signing of lucrative gas contracts with Russia and asked the court to bring to the trial as witnesses Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, UKRINFORM reported.

According to Yushchenko, the involvement of representatives of the Russian side will let objectively find out the conditions of negotiations and signing of gas contracts.

Yushchenko also said that in the signing of the Ukrainian-Russian gas contracts in 2009 the former prime minister was guided by a political motivation and that is why the document was concealed from public disclosure.

The ex-president told the court that Yulia Tymoshenko had refused Russia's proposal on gas price of USD 250 per 1,000 cubic meters with the transit rate of USD 1.7. Instead, she signed a contract defining the base price of gas for Ukraine at USD 450.

Yulia Tymoshenko is accused of abuse of office during the signing of gas contracts with Russia in 2009 pursuant to Part 3 Article 365 of the Criminal Code (abuse of power). According to the court case, Yulia Tymoshenko, when signing the 2009 agreements with Russia on gas supplies, caused on the state losses for UAH 1.5 billion (some USD 200 million).

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