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Kremlin administration chief calls Poroshenko "Bolshevik" for assessment of Russian loan

June 16, 2015, 23:21 UTC+3 NOVO-OGARYOVO
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday that Russia’s $3-billion loan to his country was a "bribe" sealed by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
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NOVO-OGARYOVO, June 16 /TASS/. Kremlin’s Administration Chief Sergey Ivanov has called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko a "Bolshevik" for calling Russia’s loan to Ukraine a bribe.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has just commented Poroshenko’s words about the bribe; Dmitry Medvedev gave a good reply yesterday. The only thing I can add to all this is that Petro Poroshenko turned out to be a Bolshevik," Ivanov told journalist on Tuesday.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday that Russia’s $3-billion 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 Monday in an interview with Bloomberg Television in his office in Kiev.

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggests the money which Ukraine is receiving from the West be called a "bribe" if Kiev has used this term to describe Russia’s loan to Ukraine.

"If anybody thinks that [the Russian loan] is a bribe which President Yanukovych received for not signing the association agreement with the European Union, the same term can be applied to all the means provided by other creditors and investors with an aim to make this agreement signed. Lots of that money had come from the US funds," Putin told a news conference after talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Tuesday.

Putin’s remark came in response to President Poroshenko’s assumption that a $3-billion loan which Russia gave to Ukraine was a "bribe" for Yanukovych’s refusal to sign the association agreement with the European Union.

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