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Ukroboronprom claims there were no multiple price raises in An-26 devices purchase

Ukraine’s defense state enterprise blamed media for manipulation
13:14, 5 March 2019

Ukraine’s defense state enterprise Ukroboronprom
korrespondent.net

Ukraine’s state group corporation Ukroboronprom claimed that another series of journalist investigation was a “manifestation of biased journalism,” as Ukroboronprom’s point of view was not published.

There were no multiple price raises in purchase of devices for Antonov An-26 aircraft and the information published by the journalists is “inaccurate without a full understanding of all nuances of customs value formation,” according to Ukroboronprom.

The state enterprise commented on another investigation of Bihus.info, which analyses the purchase of altimeters for An-26 and states that Ukroboronprom paid seven times over the price of devices.

“The information published by the program “Nashi Hroshi” uses manipulation and is a manifestation of biased journalism. The authors did not mention in the story the point of view of Ukroboronprom, which was provided to them in response to an inquiry. We stress that the information about the so-called seven-times price raise for An-26 devices is inaccurate,” the enterprise claimed.

It was noted that the contract with foreign customer provided for installation of altimeters on two planes, three devices in each of the two. According to the contract conditions, the devices were to be replaced with those produced after 2015.

“Ukrainian aviation enterprises to which group corporation turned, reported they did not have such altimeters. The only company that agreed to deliver these devices was An-Service Ltd. They were checked by Kyiv Aircraft Repair Plant 410 and representatives of the customer,” Ukroboronprom said.

The state enterprise added that there no other imports of altimeters made after 2014 to Ukraine were recorded and the issue of devices delivery to Ukraine is not commented “because group corporation’s enterprises did not provide logistics services.”

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“At the same time, we stress that the journalists’ statement concerning the price of products is absolutely inaccurate without a full understanding of all nuances of customs value formation,” the official message says.

As it was reported earlier, the investigators of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office detained the acting and former directors of the State Foreign Trade Enterprise SpetsTechnoExport on suspicion of embezzling $2,225 million, according to NABU.

Kremlin commented on the scandal with smuggling of military equipment to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The press secretary of the president of Russian Federation Dmitry Pesov claimed this to be absurd, as such equipment is under special control.

February 25, journalist investigations Bihus.Info, Nashi Hroshi program alleged that Igor Gladkovsky, the son of close Poroshenko ally Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, organized a corruption scheme to smuggle spare military-equipment parts from Russia in 2015. State defense facilities purchased the smuggled spare parts from private companies linked to Hladkovsky and his friends at highly inflated prices. Ukroboronprom state concern, which supervises defense industry production facilities, knew the origin of the smuggled parts but agreed to purchase them.

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