The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) suspected ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych of treason in connection with the signing of the so-called Kharkiv agreements with Russia in 2010.
The message on the agency’s website says that on January 28, Yanukovych was notified in writing of this suspicion.
On April 21, 2010, representatives of Ukraine and Russia signed agreements in Kharkiv on the conditions for the stay of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. The documents stipulated the presence of the fleet in Crimea for 25 years in exchange for a reduction in the price of Russian gas by 30%, but no more than $ 100 per thousand cubic meters. Following the reunification of Crimea with Russia in 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law to end four agreements with Ukraine on the Black Sea Fleet.
Kiev believes that the documents have damaged the sovereignty and territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, as well as its state and economic security.
We will remind, Yanukovych in Ukraine was found guilty of treason and complicity in planning, preparing, unleashing and conducting an aggressive war. The court sentenced him in absentia to 13 years in prison. Meanwhile, Yanukovych himself denies his guilt, calling the verdict illegal.
The ex-president of Ukraine is also a defendant in a criminal case related to the events on the Maidan in February 2014.