Avakov Claims to Have Information That Could Deprive Kiev of IMF Support

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

13th February, 2016


The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, hinted that he possesses information that could provoke a larger scandal than the resignation of the Minister of economic development and trade, Aivaras Abromavicius, but he does not consider it necessary to make it public, not to harm the country.

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“You have doubt that I could go to the media with an information bomb, the effect of which would be significantly more powerful than in the case of Abromavicius? But I don’t want to do anything, the consequences of which will make the managing Director of the IMF upset, will deprive the country of support of foreign partners. Some things you should understand without publicity,” said Avakov in an interview for the Ukrainian website ZN.UA.

The government crisis in Ukraine erupted after the statement of Abromavicius about his intention to resign due to pressure from the presidential administration and the Deputy head of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko – Igor Kononenko. The Minister spoke about freezing the system and important reforms in the country.

Following the statements, Ukraine’s leadership had some explaining to do to concerned ambassadors of the G7 countries. The IMF expressed concern about the statement of Abromavicius, with the Fund not excluding that it can suspend cooperation with Kiev if the reforms are not pursued.

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