"I travelled to Amsterdam for medical examination. I was walking downtown when accidentally met Kolomoiskyi," he said.
Kolomoiskyi has so far refrained from commenting on this matter.
On Dec. 18, the Cabinet of Ministers announced its decision to nationalize Privatbank, the largest privately-held bank of Ukraine. The bank's first deputy CEO announced the decision was made after an unprecedented information attack on the bank and a threat it posed to its clients. The bank's leadership assured the clients their savings will be safe, naming it the key condition in the talks. In his turn, Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danyliuk confirmed the clients' money will be safe and protected by the state. Due to the nationalization procedure, Privatbank halted corporate transactions for one day, till 9 a.m. Dec. 20.
According to the National Bank of Ukraine, Privatbank required 148 billion hryvnia in additional capitalization. The finance minister said that after Privatbank is stabilized, the state plans to sell it. In turn, President Poroshenko said the state guarantees safety and integrity of the client's funds.
The decision on the Privatbank nationalization has been supported by IMF, EBRD, the G7 countries, the EU and the U.S.
On June 4, 2017, the PGO initiated a probe into bringing Privatbank to insolvency.