To participate in the meetings of the Trilateral contact group in Minsk, the Ukrainian delegation enjoyed private planes. This is stated in the investigation of journalists of the programme Scheme.
Journalists recorded at least four cases where the delegation had used private jets for flights to Minsk. The members of the delegation refused to disclose who pays for their travel between Kiev and Minsk on the Charter.
In particular, on 26 August, the Ukrainian negotiators, namely the second President Leonid Kuchma, Vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko, adviser to the head of the SBU Yuriy tandit, former SBU head Yevhen Marchuk, as well as OSCE special representative Martin Sajdik used for the flight, the Bombardier Global Express 6000 tail number OE-IDO and Austrian registration.
Journalists noticed that this plane is constantly used by the oligarch Victor Pinchuk. The scheme sent a request Pinchuk asking, did he plane for flights of the Ukrainian delegation in Minsk and on what terms. There was no answer.
4 August 2016 from Minsk arrived G200 Gulfstream with tail number OE-HSN and the Austrian register. It flew the former head of the presidential administration Viktor Medvedchuk, Marchuk, Sidik and Tandem.
21 Dec 2016 representatives of Ukraine arrived from Minsk on a private jet Bombardier Challenger 300: arrived Irina Gerashchenko, Leonid Kuchma, and also Martin Sajdik. This aircraft tail number OE-HDI Austrian register.
According to the register of aircraft of Austria, the aircraft serviced by the company Lauda Motion. However, on the company website no Board in the list of aircraft that are free for rent.
16 January 2017 after this year’s first meeting of the Trilateral contact group of Minsk to Kiev flew the aircraft with the Austrian registration and tail number OE-HSN. This aircraft is the second time gives negotiators in Ukraine. It flew Kuchma and Sidik.
Journalists have found out how much it costs to rent a Charter Kiev – Minsk – Kiev. “Six passenger seats the cost of the flight to Minsk in the course of the day, if there will not be overnight, in the morning there and evening back, 7800 euros”, – told in one of the rental companies.
The reporters asked how much the use of the VIP terminal of the airport Kiev. “VIP terminal at Zhulyany costs $200 per passenger per flight and $200 for one passenger for arrivals. Departures-arrivals – $400 dollars”, – explained in the company.
Yury tandit acknowledged that sometimes a group uses the Charter, but, according to him, he doesn’t know whose they are. “We are moving to Minsk, including on airplanes. Whose planes of course, I do not know” – told adviser to the head of the SBU.
Irina Gerashchenko said that the state does not Fund charters. “I responsibly declare to you. As they are used by those who use them, is not at the expense of the state, ” she said.
The press service of Leonid Kuchma advised journalists to contact the Administration of the President of Ukraine. The scheme appealed to the AP with the question of whether the flights are reimbursed from the state budget. They reported that they did not have the requested information. Others involved in the investigation did not respond to a request for comment.
Only last year, in Minsk took place about 30 publicly announced meetings of the Trilateral contact group for settling the conflict in the Donbas.
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