Leshchenko wrote on his Facebook page, Censor.NET informs.
"Being honest means being honest with myself at first place. In 15 years of my career as a journalist and the two-year MP career there has not been a single case of me accepting money for publications, speeches, bills or requests. If there are witnesses or proofs of that - please demonstrate them. Instead, there are informational attacks regularly provoked by people whose corrupt schemes had been unveiled by me," the MP explained.
"I am not going to make excuses for my meeting with Grigorishyn because my life is full of meetings and contacts that allow seeing the entire picture of ongoing processes. I have known Grigorishyn for 12 years since he gave me his first interview; I've communicated with him and will continue communicating. We have never been engaged in joint political project or monetary relations," Leshchenko added.
"Our meeting took place in a public venue, with many politicians being there at the same time, who now are keeping silence about this fact. I was not hiding, and do not deem in necessary," the MP said.
Leshchenko stressed he himself paid his bill, and said he was ready to hold responsibility for his words and deeds.
As reported, the National Police of Ukraine started investigation into embezzlement of $170 million by management of Sumy Frunze science and research facility, owned by Russian businessman Konstantin Grigorishyn, in March.
Earlier, MP Anton Herashchenko announced that by controlling Ukrenerho SE and Frunze science and research facility, Grigorishyn causes damage to the state for billions of dollars. Interior Minister Avakov demanded an audit into tender conditions for purchase of power converters for Ukrenerho: "There are signs of protectionism in favor of Grigorishyn."