Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged top-level talks over a $3 billion Russian loan to his country, labeling the cash a “bribe” sealed by his ousted predecessor.
Poroshenko said the money was provided to keep Ukraine in Russia’s orbit and out of a European Union trade pact, though he stopped short of saying his government won’t repay it. He blamed Vladimir Putin for destabilizing Ukraine, saying the Russian leader lives in “a different universe.”
“That was a bribe,” Poroshenko said Monday in an interview with Bloomberg Television in his office in Kiev. Even so, “Ukraine will demonstrate responsible behavior. This is the responsibility of the Finance Ministry and the government.”
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