1st head of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk said at the trial for the extradition of Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash from Austria to the USA, that the fate of Firtash, which He described as an influential figure in Ukrainian politics, became the subject of a geopolitical game ".
He also said that Firtash was first supported former President Viktor Yanukovych, the then current mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko. At the same time He confirmed that Firtash was the conflict of the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko.
"I think Mr. Firtash got into a situation where it was the subject of a geopolitical game between big and small players. I would have wished that fate Firtash was solved in Ukraine, but this is only a wish, " said Kravchuk, called as witness protection.
He also said that he had met in the period of the political fall on Ukraine with diplomatic and other official representatives of the USA, "with sympathy" spoke of the identity of the now Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
"They (USA) have an active influence on policy of Ukraine," - said Kravchuk.
"American employees of the foreign Ministry is very interested in the political processes in Ukraine. They also discussed actors - and, in the power, and former. Firtash was not the protagonist, which was discussed, but was called surname Firtash, which supports Klitschko. And as I heard from the actors USA, with sympathy They spoke of Yatsenyuk, " said Kravchuk.
first on the process behind closed doors video was questioned Klitschko.
Another witness - the former head of Yanukovych's administration, Serhiy Lyovochkin also confirmed that Firtash was an influential figure, And Authorized the U.S. negatively responded about Firtash initially in the context of its gas business, And then in connection with any political figures in Ukraine, He maintained.
Firtash is accused of the USA in bribery in India to obtain licenses for the development of titanium deposits. Protection Firtash is being built on the assertion that his criminal prosecution in the U.S. is political because It supported for unwanted U.S. political figures, And also stands for equal relations of Ukraine with the European Union, and Russia.