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PM: Uralkali affair is too politicized, but will not affect relations with Belarus

December 06, 2013, 14:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Medvedev: investigation in Russia over the criminal case against Uralkali Director General Vladislav Baumgertner should be finalized
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MOSCOW, December 06. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that the affair of the Russian potash giant Uralkali was too politicized, as Belarus had to inform Russia about its claims from the very beginning.

“We are very close allies, the most fraternal countries. We should not overreact, it was needed to inform us at first about the claims, which they have, and we will settle it all together in the fashion of partnership,” the prime minister said in a televised interview with five major Russian television channels on Friday.

“I hope that this will not happen in the future. Finally this did not affect our relations with the Republic of Belarus,” the premier noted.

Medvedev noted that the investigation in Russia over the criminal case against Uralkali Director General Vladislav Baumgertner should be finalized. “All investigative actions should be taken and the objective truth should be found in the criminal case whether he violated something on Belarusian laws, our laws, or he did not violate anything,” the prime minister said in a televised interview with five Russian major television channels on Friday.

Director General of the largest world potash company Vladislav Baumgertner was detained in Moscow in late August. The Belarusian Investigative Committee accused him of abuse of power and office. Then the accusation against him was changed to embezzlement.

In late September Baumgertner was placed under house arrest in Minsk from a detention center of the Belarusian State Security Committee.

Then the Uralkali general director was convoyed in Moscow from Belarus and was taken to the Russian detention center. He faced the official accusation of abuse of powers. After that he was questioned as a defendant.

The detectives assumed that “a defendant performing managerial functions in commercial organisations abused his powers, using them despite legitimate interests of these organisations and seeking to obtain benefits and advantages for other people.

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