The former head of Naftohaz Ukrayiny Oleh Dubyna has said that ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko ordered him to sign the highly unfavorable gas contract on Defc. 31, 2009, threatening him with the dismissal, UNIAN quotes a prosecutor as saying in her accusal read in the Pechersk court July 15.
Dubyna also admitted he had refused to sign the contract and informed the then president, Viktor Yushchenko. The latter, however, dodged a direct answer whether to sign the contract or not, Dubyna said.
Dubyna also said Ukraine could have lived on its underground storage gas through late February without buying gas from Russia, trying to convince Kremlin to reduce the price.