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"There is one reason [for this]. Because we all have problems with the tax system…we have problems with customs, with fire-fighting stations, with local authorities," he said.

Firtash requested that Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, who was at the congress, resolve the problem of VAT compensation on product exports.

"We aren’t saying that it is necessary to pay everything and this has to be done in a day. But the issue should be settled," Firtash said.

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