There are no state guarantees on the obligations of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine Corporation to the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation, according to the defense lawyer of former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko, Serhiy Vlasenko. “There are no guarantees of the Ukrainian state for the UESU’s obligations to the Defense Ministry… If the Justice Ministry does not know this, I have to inform them that government guarantees are included by finance ministries in the state budget,” Vlasenko told reporters on Monday near Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv, where his client is undergoing treatment. According to him, should there be such guarantees, then all these 16 years, these guarantees would be taken into account in the state budgets of the Russian Federation and Ukraine. “These budgets are approved by parliaments and fulfilled by finance ministries. If these guarantees existed, then for sure, Russia would have already made such claims to Ukraine, and would not silently wait for 16 years,” the lawyer said

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