If in 2014 the deficit of the NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine made
up US$ 10 billion, last year - US$ 1 billion, this year Naftogaz will become
profitable for the first time, said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk
on Friday, February 5, during An Hour of Questions to the Government in
The Prime Minister stressed that over the past ten years the
biggest corruption in Ukraine could be observed in the gas sector: "Billions
of dollars that have been pumped out of the state-owned company Naftogaz of
Ukraine, dozens mediators, hundreds companies and shadow contracts with the
Russian Federation led to the looting of billions of dollars from the pockets
"All the antecedent Prime Ministers and Governments
were talking. This Government has succeeded. No more intermediaries, no more shadow
Russian companies - just direct agreements", he stressed.
The Government has also succeeded to regain control over the
company Ukrnafta: "There were heard numerous
advice of how to do it. However, they forgot that as Prime Ministers they
signed an illegal deal with shareholders of Ukrnafta,
enabling a minority shareholder to further exercise control over the
"We submitted to the Parliament a law, you supported it,
so we have yielded a result", he appealed to the parliamentarians.
reminded that dividends from Ukrnafta worth UAH 1
billion 790 million were directed to the State budget of Ukraine in full amount
on 30 December 2015.
In addition, the
company was charged a fine for the untimely payment of dividends: "We filed
lawsuits to the tune of UAH 9.7 billion. All the property has been seized. We
do our job".
also stressed that within two years the Government had managed to return to the
state ownership "all public companies that notorious oligarchs from the Regions
Party had under the so-called lease or concession agreements".
"They said that it is impossible to clean up corrupt
officials. We embarked on the lustration process,
eight hundred corrupt officials were fired as a result of the cleansing power.
And this is a real fight against corruption", he stressed.
"Everybody told that it is impossible to change the
system of appointing directors of state-owned companies. Yes, it is difficult.
Of course, there is political pressure, and you heard that in a statement by
Minister of economy Aivaras Abromavicius", said the Head of Government.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed: "I will freeze out any
attempts to put pressure on A.Abromavichus or to take
against him any illegal actions. This Minister is under the protection of my
faction and the Government."