SBU prevents purchase of Russian equipment in Odesa with budget funds
Members of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine have prevented a deal of an Odesa-based municipal company which was going to buy Russian equipment worth UAH 7 million ($280,000) via a tender with the use of budget funds, according to the SBU press center.
The law enforcers established that one of Odesa's municipally owned enterprises announced a tender to purchase certain equipment. While verifying their tender documents, the SBU officers found that the conditions of the tender were designed for Russian products. They violated a ruling by the National Committee for Industrial Development of Ukraine that domestic producers should be given priority at any tenders called by state-run enterprises, the press center said.
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Being guided by the SBU materials, the Tender Committee canceled the deal with the Russian producer.
"New bidding requirements say that only domestic producers shall be admitted," the SBU said.