Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Who's telling porkies?

[porky - London cockney rhyming slang: pork-pie = lie]

In a media interview on the eve of departure for a visit to Spain yesterday, President Putin, commenting on fraudulent Russian-Ukrainian gas deals over the last 15 years, said: "RosUkrEnergo with its opaque 50% Ukrainian portion, is taking a holiday".

Yushchenko has declared in the past that there are no Ukrainian state structures amongst the owners of RUE, and looked at a loss for words when asked about this in a TV interview.

Today PM Yekhanurov also denied involvement of Ukrainian companies. Fuel and Energy minister Plachkov is to contact RUE and ask them to reveal information about their activities and their founders, at the request of the government.

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