Firtash denies receiving any lawsuit notification

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April 27, 2011, 10:09 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Kyiv Post

Kyiv Post

Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Firtash says he hasn't not received any notification of legal action from any courts in New York, according to his press-service. Firtash does not believe that Tymoshenko has any grounds for challenging such decision in New York or in any other Forum.

The Kyiv Post has obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed in a U.S. court by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, accusing businessman Dmytro Firtash, gas trader RosUkrEnergo and Ukraine's political leadership of "racketeering" and defrauding Ukrainians of billion-dollar volumes of natural gas by manipulating an international arbitration court ruling.

RosUkrEnergo, co-owned by Firtash, who is close to President Viktor Yanukovych's inner circle, and Russian gas giant Gazprom, won an international arbitration court ruling last year, obliging Ukrainian state gas company Naftogaz to hand over 12.1 billion cubic meters of gas.

Naftogaz had appropriated 11 billion cubic meters of gas in January 2009 after Tymoshenko struck a deal with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that cut RosUkrEnergo out of the gas trade between the countries.

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