Oleg Rybachuk, one of the cofounders of Chesno movement told the story in an interview to Ostrov.
He noted that Yanukovych's negative image is formed during the meetings with leaders of other countries.
He told a story about Yanukovych talking to Merkel: "Well, if you want her then pay for her - she stole 14 billion but we will give her up for half the price". "The information about this conversation comes from one of Merkel's assistants. One of his comrades from the Party of Regions persuaded Yanukovych that Tymoshenko stole 15 billion dollars and hid it in the European Union. Where did they get the number - who the hell knows? And Yanukovych was noble, he offered Merkel to buy Tymoshenko for half the price. Merkel's advisor told me that it took a long time for her to come back to her senses and when she did she stopped even saying hello to him", said Rybachuk.
Talking to the Ukrainian Pravda Rybachuk stated that he heard this story from "several reliable sources that he trusts" and that these are Germans from Merkel's political cabinet.
He also reminded of another story when after a February's meeting with the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton she said that the interpreter was bad and the Ukrainian President did not understand what he was told.
"I know about this from my American sources. It is a common fact", added Rybachuk.
"At these one-on-one meetings you cannot openly tell lies or promise something and not do it", he noted.
"I have one goal - to explain why nobody shakes the president's hand in Europe", he concluded.