The official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova confirmed to the radio station “Moscow speaking” that the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych addressed to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin with a request about the introduction of Russian troops in Ukraine.
At this, Zakharov stressed that the request did not contain the letter and the statement, which also quoted later in the UN security Council, the permanent representative of Russia Vitaly Churkin.
“This is not a letter. This statement of Yanukovych. He never denied that he signed”, – said Zakharov.
Yesterday, 16 March, press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that no letter from Yanukovych with proposals for resolving the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin has not been received.
“No letter, no official in the presidential administration has not received and no such document in the presidential administration were not recorded,” — said Peskov (quoted by “RIA Novosti”)
To explain the act of displaying the document on the UN security Council Peskov could not. According to Zakharova, Yanukovich’s statement has been distributed to members of the Security Council , as is the usual practice of the distribution of relevant materials, and the permanent representative of Russia at the UN Churkin was authorized to quote it at the security Council meeting.
Earlier the public Prosecutor of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko has published on his page in the network Facebook received from the state office of public Prosecutor of the Russian Federation the letter in which it was alleged that neither the presidential administration of Russia, the Federation Council any statement of Yanukovych with the request to use Russian Armed forces in Ukraine “have been reported and these state agencies were not considered”.
In February 2017, Yanukovych himself said that the letter on the introduction of troops Putin didn’t send, but sent a statement.
“This is not a letter, and the statement in the first place. Secondly, there are laws. I didn’t betray my people, I was trying to protect the people and do it in the framework of its powers”, — said Yanukovych.
A photocopy of the statements of Yanukovych with the request to send Russian troops to Ukraine at the end of January 2017, Kiev gave the UN Secretariat about this on his page in social network Facebook said the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko. According to him, all obtained from Russia the documents are officially recognized by the UN. “The investigation of military Prosecutor’s office received incontrovertible documentary evidence of high treason Yanukovych,” — wrote Lutsenko.