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Ukrainian MP, former President Petro Poroshenko has skipped today's questioning by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) in a case over his trip to the Maldives in 2018.

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"Petro Poroshenko was summoned for questioning to the State Bureau of Investigation at 10:00 Kyiv time in criminal proceedings concerning the possible organization of illegal transportation of persons across Ukraine's state border using obviously false documents," the agency's press secretary Anzhelika Ivanova said at a briefing, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

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She said Poroshenko had been summoned for questioning as a witness.

"There is a certain document, which is published on one of the Internet resources, from a lawyer with his position that a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is taking place today. But when we send summons, including through the Verkhovna Rada's office, we cannot predict when the meeting takes place. But they blame us we are doing this on purpose... The only thing we can do in this situation is to send another summons through the Verkhovna Rada's office," Ivanova added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's SBI on August 6 opened criminal proceedings against Poroshenko over his trip to the Maldives in 2018.