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 Kuchma Accuses 'Crazy' Yushchenko of High Gas Prices

Second President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma accused third President Viktor Yushchenko in the increase of prices for the Russian gas.

"The instigator of all this was Viktor Yushchenko, 100%," he said during the Yalta European Strategy Forum on Saturday.

According to the Ukrainian Pravda, the ex-President said: "In 2005 the Russian President came to Yushchenko to get acquainted. They went to his dacha, he (Yushchenko) showed him around and said: let's terminate this agreement between Ukraine and Russia with the price set at 50 dollars."

Kuchma claims that the next day Putin called him and asked why Yushchenko insisted on terminating the contract. "And I showed him that Yushchenko was crazy," said the ex-President (making a 'crazy' sign).

"That is when we gave up 50 dollars and now we are up to 500. And I sincerely congratulate everyone with it," said Kuchma.

He also criticized the current authorities for overly rough financial policy. "You squeezed the economy so hard that there is no air to breathe. The EU is planning to print money, to buy out the debts of all problematic countries. And we are happy that we have deflation," fumed Kuchma. "We have collected numerous loans for the Euro-2012. We hosted it so badly that not a single investor came. They did not trust us."

Kuchma also appealed to the candidates not to promise too much before the elections. "I remember 2004 - everybody promised heaps of gold. Stop now, for God's sake," concluded the 2nd President.

 
 
 
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