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ROSTOV-ON-DON, February 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s ousted but legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych said on Friday that he did not have any grudges against Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko though he believes that the gas agreements she signed with Russia have caused 20 billion dollars worth of damage to Ukraine.
“I have always said that I have never wished and still do not wish her any harm,” Yanukovich told a news conference in Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia.
“There is nothing personal in my attitude to her. But the agreements Tymoshenko signed caused 20 billion dollars worth of losses to Ukraine, and she knows that very well,” Yanukovych stressed.
Commenting on a criminal lawsuit against Tymoshenko, Yanukovych said that it was a Ukrainian court that had put her to trial.
“The court passed the ruling. But her conditions of confinement have been pretty good or even exclusive if you wish,” Yanukovych emphasized. He added that Tymoshenko’s release had transferred the whole matter into a judicial and legal field.
Yanukovych said it was up to Ukrainian people to decide Tymoshenko’s political future and whether she is going to stay in politics or not.