BYuT demands to immediately set up Verkhovna Rada commission on Vanco

11:54, 20 May 2008
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To probe into its activities in Ukraine

The BYuT faction demands to immediately set up an ad hoc parliamentary commission to investigate into activities of Vanco company.

According to the BYuT press-office, BYuT faction top deputy chief MP Andriy Kozhemyakin claimed this in parliament today.

According to him, the situation in the sphere of state natural resources has been alarming. “They belong not only to the Ukrainian nation, they belong to our descendants. That is why, the transferring of the most powerful and most perspective shelves of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov to off-shore companies, registered at the Virginian Islands, with a statutory capital at 12 thousand US dollars, became the most large-scale crime over the recent years of the Ukrainian independence”, he said.

The lawmakers stressed: “The government returned the shelves to the state, and canceled humiliating and corrupted agreements, which betray national interests of Ukraine”.

At the same time, he noted that on May 19 the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine made decision to resume transferring the Black Sea and Azov shelves to the “unknown offshore company”.

A.Kozhemyakin stressed that the Block of Yulia Tymoshenko assesses it as a fact of a blatant corruption”.

As UNIAN reported earlier, in 2006 Vanco International Ltd. Won the first open contest and signed an agreement with the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in 2007 on the exploration of the Black Sea Shelf.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s government pulled Vanco’s license to explore a vast 12,900km field off the Crimean peninsula, citing concern that Gazprom could, through partners, gain a hidden interest in the project that was originally intended to diversify energy supplies by boosting domestic production. Ms Tymoshenko also suggested past governments might have compromised Kyiv’s “national interests” by yielding such a large field and unjustifiable proceeds to a single group.

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