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Medvedev says Kiev's talks with IMF are large-scale embezzlement

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has picked up the Ukrainian president's idea, who said Russia's loan to Ukraine was a bribe, and compared Kiev's talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with large-scale embezzlement.

"If the three-billion-dollar sovereign loan Ukraine received from Russia is a bribe, according to [Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko, then the billions Ukraine's leaders are seeking to obtain from the IMF can be seen as an organization of a large-scale embezzlement," Medvedev wrote on his Facebook account on Monday.

Earlier on Monday, Poroshenko said Russia's $3-billion-dollar loan to his country was a "bribe" sealed by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.

According to Poroshenko, the whole situation around the money which Russia loaned to Ukraine in 2013 was dubious. He assumed the loan was a bribe that followed immediately after President Viktor Yanukovich had refused to sign as association agreement with the European Union in Vilnius.

"That was a bribe," Poroshenko said Monday in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 15Jun15]

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