The Verkhovna Rada has heard and supported a report by an ad hoc commission investigating the circumstances of the signing of gas agreements between Naftogaz of Ukraine and Gazprom regarding signs of treason in Ukraine's economic security.

A total of 266 lawmakers voted for such a decision on Tuesday, UKRINFORM reports.

"In the actions of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko there were signs of criminal offenses and personal dependence and interest going beyond the scope of abuse of power and official authority... as well as signs of treason," reads a report by the commission.

According to the head of the ad hoc investigative commission, Inna Bohoslovska, all the circumstances of the signing of gas contracts, which were reported by the members of the commission, should be investigated by law enforcement agencies, because the commission has exhausted its capabilities to do so.

At the same time, Bohoslovska said that the commission managed to find out that on January 17-19, 2009, during talks and the signing of directives for the conclusion of gas contracts between Naftogaz and Gazprom, Tymoshenko concealed from the public and the authorities the facts of the existence of the debt of her private companies to the Russian Defense Ministry in the amount of USD 405.311 million. "Furthermore, the fact of the existence in Russia of a criminal case, in which Tymoshenko's guilt in repeatedly bribing Defense Ministry officials was proved, was also concealed. These circumstances are undoubtedly evidence of a conflict of interests of the prime minister with state interests, and they significantly influenced the prime minister's decision in favor of a foreign state," Bohoslovska said.

She also said that Tymoshenko exerted unlawful pressure on the Naftogaz chief by obliging him to sign gas contracts under threat of dismissal. The report by the parliament's ad hoc commission will be sent to the president, the prime minister, the prosecutor general and the Security Service of Ukraine for a proper response, Bohoslovska said.

In addition, Bohoslovska promised to send the report to the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the presidents, prime ministers and speakers of EU member states, as well as Russia, the United States and Canada.

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