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 Abromavicius was forced to appoint Poroshenko Bloc proxy Pasishnyk his deputy

New details have emerged in the scandal over the resignation of Ukraine's minister of economic development and trade Aivaras Abromavicus, provoked not least by desire of Poroshenko Bloc first deputy chairman Ihor Kononenko to appoint his proxy Andrii Pasishnyk deputy minister.

Poroshenko Bloc MP Serhii Leshchenko wrote in his blog, Censor.NET reports.

"Pasishnyk brought the documents for his appointment and asked the reception to hand them over to Abromavicius, after which the two communicated via Viber. Pasishnyk unequivocally stated he was going to take the post of deputy minister as Kononenko's protege. Moreover, he wrote that Kononenko had already agreed the appointment with Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk. When Pasishnyk began to put pressure on Abromavicius in order to accelerate the appointment, Aivaras said he was not particularly familiar with Pasishnyk. In turn, Pasishnyk said he left the documents at the reception for the minister to consider them. Abromavicius saved these messages, while Pasishnyk deleted them from the dialogue, not knowing that the economy minister would be prudent to make copies," the deputy wrote.

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"Abromavicius' revelation emerged to be rather timely, as diplomats have long formed an opinion about the president's main underboss. Ihor Kononenko has for more than a month been on the "gray list" of the U.S. embassy, with Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt refusing to talk with him. In the light of recent events, America is ready to make Ukraine's direct aid programs contingent on Kononenko's staying in politics. The matter's value is much more than just a mandate of one of the deputies and even more than Petro Poroshenko's safe future. Society's ability to change the country through the pressure on government is at stake. There is no instance when corruption voluntarily retreated, and Ukrainian politicians, choosing today between the conspiracy and cleansing, can show that Ukraine has changed. Not losing the chance is a challenge for them. Kononenko should therefore withdraw from the parliament," Leshchenko concluded.
 
 
 
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