Kremlin wants Kyiv to say whether it considers itself legal successor to former government
The Kremlin wants Kyiv’s current authorities to say definitely whether they consider themselves as a legal successor to the former government or if they will reject its liabilities, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, according to Russian news agency TASS.
"When we hear such statements [by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko], first of all we want to know whether the current authorities denounce their liabilities, of which we are most concerned about their financial liabilities," Peskov told journalists, commenting on Poroshenko’s statements that the Russian three-billion-dollar loan to Ukraine was a "bribe" to former head of state Viktor Yanukovych for his abandoning association with the European Union.
"Viktor Yanukovych, who was Ukraine’s president at that time [in 2013] was toppled in an illegal and anti-constitutional state coup," Peskov said.
In fact, Yanukovych abandoned office and fled Ukraine in February 2014 after the failure of a brutal police crackdown against mass public protests in Kyiv against his government.
"So far, we have no answer to the question [about legal succession]. Frankly speaking, I find it difficult to say whether Poroshenko’s words could be taken as an answer to that question."
When asked whether Russia would bring up the issue of illegitimacy of Kyiv’s current authorities in case Ukraine questioned the necessity to repay the Russian loan, Peskov answered in the negative. "No, this is not the point. If we speak about the legitimacy of Ukraine’s authorities, the question is whether their challenge Ukraine’s legal succession as a state, or, in other words, whether they challenge Ukraine’s international liabilities," he said.
As reported earlier, on Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Russia’s $3-billion-dollar loan to his country was a "bribe" sealed by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
According to Poroshenko, the whole situation around the money which Russia loaned to Ukraine in 2013 was dubious. He assumed the loan was a bribe that followed immediately after President Viktor Yanukovych had refused to sign as association agreement with the European Union in Vilnius.
"That was a bribe," Poroshenko said on Monday in an interview with Bloomberg Television in his office in Kyiv.
"Even so, Ukraine will demonstrate responsible behavior. This is the responsibility of the Finance Ministry and the government."
"We created all the conditions for the government, and the finance minister is supposed to make a responsible decision," Poroshenko said when asked whether Kyiv was going to make a payment worth $75 million on June 20.