SBI calls in ex-head of President's Office Bohdan for questioning

SBI calls in ex-head of President's Office Bohdan for questioning

Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has called in former Head of the President's Office Andriy Bohdan for questioning as a witness to conduct investigative actions and verify his statement he made in an interview with journalist Dmytro Gordon about possible agreements with Russian officials on Crimea, according to a statement posted on the SBI's website.

The agency said that on September 9, 2020, in an interview with an online news site, Bohdan spoke about alleged agreements with Russian officials on the status of Crimea, air services with Russia, the exchange of prisoners and a number of other agreements not provided by law, regulations or directives of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

"Given the public importance of the issues raised, investigators of the State Bureau of Investigation are inviting Andriy Bohdan to conduct investigative actions and verify the facts voiced by him as a witness. The SBI has already sent a summons to his registered address," the statement said.

Earlier, Bohdan said in an interview with a media outlet that foreign intelligence services believe that there is an algorithm of actions consisting of several points, which incumbent Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak developed with the Russians, that there is an agreement on joint action between Ukraine and Russia.

"I did not see this document, but diplomats and special services mentioned it many times. It has either 12 or 13 points. But all foreign special services believe in it. [...] It is a sort of algorithm of actions. 'We give you ships, and you give us water to Crimea. We give you prisoners, and you give us direct flights. We give you $3 billion under a court ruling, and you give us something else'," he said, adding that this plan, in his opinion, is a utopia.


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