He said this in an interview with the Ukrainian Pravda. "I said it then and I say it now that he is responsible for the fact that we have changed the long-term relationship to the so-called market one, which is in fact far from it. Yushchenko has introduced this pricing formula, and he concluded, I think, very unfavorable gas deal in 2006. Tymoshenko's agreement was already a consequence," said Taruta.
Taruta offered no explanation why Tymoshenko agreed to obviously disadvantageous conditions but he also denied the claims of Viktor Yushchenko that there were gas reserves in Western Ukraine which could last for three months. "That's not true. We have a huge responsibility to ensure the operation of our businesses. On January 1 I was awakened at 7:30 a.m. and told that the pressure on Alchevsk Iron Plant dropped by half. Almost every day we had the pressure falling. At the time when Tymoshenko was going to the negotiations we had less than 2 atmospheres. This situation was absolutely critical!
Moreover, residents have also had no pressure. The gas reserves were enough only for Western Ukraine, and in the East the situation was critical," recalls the events the head of IUD. "For me, there are two issues that are not clear for me. First - why Yushchenko withdrew Dubina when the gas at 234 dollar was agreed and initialed?
He was a participant in the talks, but was afraid to sign the contract. I believe that what he has done is wrong, so he is responsible, together with Yushchenko. He had to sign it, because that contract was profitable for Ukraine."