Brussels, Jan 29 (EFE).- The European Commission is following “very closely” the cases of corruption detected by the Ukrainian authorities in procurement for the Army and has “no doubt” that Kiev will carry out an “adequate” investigation. “.
It was the response given this Monday by the main spokesperson of the European Commission, Eric Mamer, and the Foreign Affairs spokesperson Peter Stano when asked today at the institution’s daily press conference about the information provided by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on cases of corruption in ammunition purchases.
“We are very well aware of the report on corruption in the delivery of orders in Ukraine. We have already heard that the Ukrainian government and authorities have announced the investigation. So we are following this issue very, very closely,” Stano said.
The spokesperson thus referred to the recovery by the Kiev authorities of 1.5 billion hryvnias (more than 36 million euros at the current exchange rate) that had been transferred to an intermediary for the purchase of artillery ammunition at a premium.
Both Stano and Mamer affirmed that the Community Executive has “no doubt” that the Ukrainian authorities will carry out their “own” and “adequate” investigation.
Mamer also specified that “the assistance of the European Union (to kyiv on its path to future membership of the community club) also serves to guarantee that the Ukrainian State can function normally, including, obviously, those entities of the Ukrainian government and its administration that “fight against corruption.”
The Ukrainian Minister of Defense, Rustem Umérov, reported on this case of corruption in a note published on his social networks in which he takes stock of the latest actions against these practices that Kiev’s allies such as the United States have repeatedly warned about.
Umerov also referred to another case in which the Ministry of Defense won in court against a Ukrainian arms company that had not delivered the explosive mines that it was supposed to supply to the Army, in a contract worth 1.5 billion hryvnias. (more than 36 million euros).
Among the anti-corruption actions carried out last week, the Ukrainian minister also mentioned the charges that were brought against several Defense commanders for the irregular acquisition of mortar ammunition, also worth 1.5 billion hryvnias.
Umerov was appointed to the position in September last year, replacing Oleksi Reznikov, who left the position after several corruption scandals in the procurement of supplies for the Army became known.
One of Umerov’s stated priorities is to promote transparency and put an end to this type of irregularities.
In a letter sent to Ukrainian authorities shortly after Umerov’s appointment, the White House demanded urgent measures from kyiv to end corruption in the military as a condition for continuing to send military aid to Ukraine. EFE