Ex-Ukrainian Leader Wants Putin To Testify


KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A court in the Ukraine was told Wednesday that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin must give evidence at the trial of former Premier Yulia Tymoshenko.

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko testified that it would be “impossible to establish the truth” in the case without the testimony of the Russian chief, RIA Novosti reported.

Tymoshenko is on trial on abuse of office charges in connection with a 2009 Russian gas deal she signed that was disadvantageous to the Ukraine.

Besides Putin, Yushchenko said the chief executive officer of Russian energy giant Gazprom should also be called to testify.

He said his former ally Tymoshenko was too hasty in signing the gas contract with Russia and failed to protect Ukraine’s national interests.

Yushchenko called the deal to buy gas for $360 per 1000 cubic meters “a shock,” adding that the price should be $200 per 1000 cubic meters.

If convicted, Tymoshenko faces 10 years in prison.

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