Lawmakers of European Parliament believes that oligarchs run Ukraine

16:47, 22 May 2012
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Lawmakers of the European Parliament state that oligarchs run Ukraine and according to their opinion, it impedes development of the country.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, they said this in Strasbourg today delivering speeches during the debate “Situation in Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko’s case” in the European Parliament.

Lawmaker of the European Parliament Michael Galer (the group of the people’s parties, Germany) reminded that President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych, his family and his friends get more and more power.

He gave examples of appointments of V. Yanukovych’s people for the posts of Interior Minister, heads of the State Tax Service and the National Bank of Ukraine.

“V. Yanukovych’s son, family and friends only want to line their own pockets”, - said Michael Galer.

According to his opinion, it is necessary to freeze assets. “Cyprus is a good place to start to find out these assets”, - he said.

His colleague in group of people’s parties, lawmaker Andrey Kovachev (Bulgaria)  noted that an obstacle in European way of Ukraine is not the case of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko but oligarchs. “Oligarchs do not want to reform Ukraine in the European model, they want to preserve it for their enrichment”, - said Kovachev.

In his turn, lawmaker from Group of the Greens of the European Parliament Werner Schulz offered to see how state purchases took place in Ukraine during preparations for the final of the championship of Europe on football.

At the same time, representative of European United Left Jaromír Kohlíček criticized giving of political asylum to the Ukrainian politicians by the EU member countries. “We should not give a political asylum to frauds”, - he said. “How did these people become rich? They became rich practically for one night? And it does not matter whether we speak about current government or about previous one”, - said the lawmaker.

As it is known, earlier former Minister of Economy Bohdan Danilishyn and husband of Yulia Tymoshenko received a political asylum in Czech Republic.

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