Ex-Minister of Defense of Ukraine was suspected of treason
Former Minister of Defense of Ukraine Yezhel was suspected of treason due to the Kharkiv agreements According to the State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine, Mikhail Yezhel agreed on the projects of the “Kharkov agreements”, which extended the stay of the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea after 2017, without discussion with the government< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/3/37/756599629228373.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >
Former Minister of Defense of Ukraine Mikhail Yezhel (he served from March 2010 to February 2012) was informed of a suspicion of treason due to the coordination of documents necessary for the conclusion of the Kharkov agreements regarding the extension of the deployment of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, the press reported. -service of the Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).
“The employees of the SBI reported suspicion of high treason to the former Minister of Defense of Ukraine Mikhail Yezhel, who, having agreed on the signing of the “Kharkov agreements”, contributed to the Russian Federation in the occupation of the Autonomous Republic (an autonomous republic, the region had such a status as part of Ukraine. & mdash; RBC) Crimea»,— the report said.
According to the State Bureau of Investigation, the ex-minister agreed on the drafts of these documents without first attending a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers where they were discussed.
The Kharkiv agreements were signed on April 21, 2010, they regulated the issues of the presence of the Russian Black Sea Fleet on the territory of Ukraine. According to the agreements, in exchange for extending the stay of the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea after 2017 for a period of 25 years, Kyiv then received a discount on Russian gas.
In March 2014, after Crimea became part of Russia, Moscow denounced the agreements , and the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine saw in them signs of high treason. After that, suspicions were brought against former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.
A new wave of accusations under the Kharkiv agreements began a week ago, when the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine announced that former Minister of Foreign Affairs (from March 2010 to December 2012) Konstantin Grishchenko and former Minister of Justice (from March 2010 to July 2010) had been charged with suspicion. 2012) Alexander Lavrinovich. According to investigators, in April 2010, the ministers, in collusion with the president and prime minister, agreed on the draft agreements “without actual consideration by the interested authorities and without mandatory legal expertise.”
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In June 2020, the former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasily Bodnar said that Russia, in accordance with its obligations until 2014, should pay Ukraine $100 million a year for basing the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, but does not do this. “We believe that they [the agreements] should be valid, since the legal procedures were not followed, and the Russians violated international law by resorting to an attempt to occupy Ukrainian territory,” — stated the deputy minister.
In response to Bodnar's demands, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, stated that in Ukraine “they no longer know what to think of, if only not to do business.”
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