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"The gas transmission system is not just a pipe with a few taps, but the energy basis of our political independence. It means Ukraine’s power and weight in the global political arena. It is a historic treasure which no political ignoramus who has accidentally seized power must be allowed to control," Tymoshenko said in an open letter to the Verkhovna Rada with regard to the consideration of the bill on Ukraine’s oil and gas sector, which was published on the Web site of the Batkivschyna party on Tuesday.

"I urge the Ukrainian authorities to tame their zeal and to leave the GTS and other strategic facilities alone. I’m asking the Ukrainian public and Ukrainian parliament to protect the gas transportation system from the appetites of [Ukrainian President Viktor] Yanukovych and his family," the letter reads.

"I also want to warn Ukraine’s partners in the European Union and Russia: Yanukovych is drawing you into a grand scam, which will rest not on a legal basis, but on the quicksand of lawlessness. Yanukovych is not eternal, and his end will come earlier than the world imagines. The new democratic and patriotic government will certainly disavow the agreement on the surrender of the GTS, as well as the infamous Kharkiv accords," the ex-premier added.

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