Kyiv, August 6 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian Defense Minister Dmytro Salamatin has said that accusations made against him in the media regarding his ineffective management of the Ukroboronprom State Concern when he was the head of the state concern are due to the election campaign in Ukraine.
“The constant criticism of the Defense Ministry and the Ukroboronprom State Concern… is based not on facts, but on attempts to collect ‘lost’ political capital ahead of the elections,” reads a statement by the minister released by the concern’s press service on Monday.
“While announcing the so-called ‘loss figures,’ to which I allegedly brought the Ukroboronprom State Concern, my opponents are deliberately manipulating the facts. They are naming the debt of enterprises for the period when they were not included in the state concern. This is confirmed by legal documents, because the act of the inclusion of enterprises in the concern was signed only in December 2011. Accordingly, I headed them only for two months until my appointment as Ukraine’s defense minister,” Salamatin said.
According to the minister, a significant portion of accounts payable of defense companies was formed in 2006-2008.
“The accounts payable of 39 enterprises being under the jurisdiction of the Defense Ministry was over UAH 338 million as of January 1, 2006, and a year later it grew by 50%, to UAH 515 million. Now the accounts payable at these companies… has fallen by four times, to about UAH 119 million,” Salamatin said.
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