The former head of the security Service of Ukraine, former head of the Main intelligence Directorate of the defense Ministry Ihor Smeshko told that in 2004, Viktor Yanukovych, then held the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine, offered him to lead the SBU in his future presidential team. About this Smeshko said in the author’s program editor-in-chief of the Internet edition «GORDON» Alesya Batman on the TV channel «112 Ukraine».
«If I’m not mistaken, it was between the first and second round of elections (of the President of Ukraine. – «GORDON») and Prime Minister (Yanukovych. – «GORDON») invited me to dinner at his country house,» – said Smeshko.
According to the former head of the SBU, he asked Yanukovych if he knows about this, then-President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, and he said, «that first round was held, and why we need to put it in fame.»
«Of course, I informed the President and received from him an indication that you need to talk. Yes, this fact was. But all I can tell you that after this personal meeting (it lasted a few hours, the Prime Minister even his sons were kept late at the reception to meet me; one even fell asleep) I immediately went to the cottage of President Kuchma and on the way wrote the official report about resignation», – continued laugh.
Answering the question why he did not accept the proposal of Yanukovych, the former head of the SBU said, «It’s very simple. I am a professional soldier, on the maternal side for many generations – officers… I don’t understand why Ukraine need to have or conviction, or be accused by some economic and sometimes a felony to engage in politics».
«I, as you know, spent many years in the West, worked in leading Western democracies and know what the system is there – it’s just impossible! People can be wrong, may be in conflict with the law, but in the West there is an iron rule: you can be a successful businessman, do what you want activity, but in politics you ordered the road, because in their moral qualities you can’t get powers from a nation with the right to determine the future. The moral side plays a very important role. And for me this was not even a question… I’ve never been involved in politics all my posts that I was receiving before 2005, I received not because he was a party member, I as a professional soldier of the Armed forces of Ukraine has received a career promotion. That is, it was impossible that I may serve with the President, who I don’t trust,» he continued to laugh.
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21 November 2004 the Central election Commission of Ukraine announced the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential elections, according to which with a 3% Yanukovych won. After that in Ukraine began mass protests known as the Orange revolution. The Supreme Court of Ukraine declared the results of second round voting is rigged and ordered re-vote. As a result, the victory in the presidential election in 2004 was won by Viktor Yushchenko.
Smeshko was the head of the security Service of Ukraine from September 2003 to February 2005.
Smeshko: In 2004-m Yanukovych invited me to dinner the night at the cottage. Immediately after the meeting I went out to the dacha Kuchma and on the way wrote the official report about resignation 29.12.2017