Press Secretary of the President of Ukraine Svyatoslav tsigalko said that “Russian intelligence services” tried to fake an interview with Petro Poroshenko for The New York Times. About this Tseholko wrote on his page in Facebook.
“Russian intelligence services continues hybrid war against Ukraine. On fake letterhead filed [the NYT reporters] phone numbers and email addresses of their agents, negotiated and even sounded on the phone “answer” to the question”, — wrote Tsegolko.
To the post of press Secretary attached photos of the letter that Poroshenko allegedly wrote to Dean Bucket, former editor of the NYT. It says that the President of Ukraine regrets the publication in the newspaper material about corruption in the country. “I’m asking for a personal telephone call to try to convince you that the material contained in the opinion is undeserved,” — said in the document.
The author of the letter on behalf of Poroshenko also said he is ready to answer any questions about “the situation in Ukraine, the fight against corruption and the ongoing Russian aggression”.
According to Tsegolko, the journalists of the New York Times “verified the authenticity of the record in this press service”. As a result fake interview had not appeared in the pages of the publication, said the spokesman. He urged journalists to contact the press office by using the contacts listed on the official website Poroshenko.
In early April the President of Ukraine commented on the NYT editorial, which dealt with corruption in Ukrainian higher guide. Poroshenko said that his country is “hybrid war, including through mechanisms for disseminating information, discrediting the Ukrainian state”.Later the head of state pointed to the wrong interpretation of his words.
Last week, Verkhovna Rada Deputy Ivan Vinnik said that the parliamentary Committee on national security and defence will require publication of a retraction of the article. According to him, Ukrainian war is going to prove that the information in the material data about corruption are not true.