Ukrainian oligarchs such as Rinat Akhmetov, Viktor Pinchuk, Ihor Kolomoysky, Arseniy Yatsenyuk and others continue to trade with Russia. According to the logic of Ukrainian authorities who groundlessly prosecute Chairman of Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk, they should also answer to justice. Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Russia Dmitriy Kozak said within the interview to Russia 24.
He underlined that official Kyiv randomly applies sanctions against politicians and businessmen who trade with Russia because it allocates funds for the purchase of goods from the neighboring country, allows business figure confidant to authorities to purchase in Russia the necessary products.
“It is important if we talk about the case of Medvedchuk that the state itself, when the issue is about the nuclear fuel, the state of Ukraine that labeled Russia from 2018 as the aggressor, pays us money. Citizens confidant to authorities – Yatsenyuk, Pinchuk, Firtash, Akhmetov, Kolomoysky – pay for products produced in Russia costing $6.7 billion…It is not a secret and we openly state that we provide humanitarian support to Donbas at the cost of this money. If we follow this logic, all people who purchased in Russia goods or services should sit with Viktor V. Medvedchuk,” Kozak noted.
He reminded that despite the sanctions, the turnover of Russia and Ukraine makes about $11 billion. Meanwhile, only in 2020, the goods and services for $6.7 billion were purchased as export from Russia. Import to Russia from Ukraine made almost $4 billion.
In February 2021, amid the deficit, Ukraine has started to purchase electricity from Russia. At the end of May, the regulator banned the import of this resource from Russia; however, only until October as the heating season will start.
Besides, Ukraine purchases Russian nuclear fuel for the work of nuclear power plants.
On May 13, Kyiv court chose the restriction measure for Viktor Medvedchuk, the opposition MP and Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform - For Life party. The lawmaker will remain under house arrest until July 9, 2021.