Interfax: Head of Ukraine’s SBU provided Ukrainian special service officials’ personal files to CIA – Yakimenko

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MOSCOW. March 13 (Interfax) – Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, the head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), provided the personal files of Ukrainian special service officials to the CIA during his tenure as head of the Ukrainian Security Service in 2006-2010, Oleksandr Yakimenko, who has recently left the post of head of the Ukrainian Security Service, said.

“CIA officials worked in the Ukrainian Security Service under Nalyvaichenko. The personal files of SBU officials were provided to them,” Yakimenko said in an interview aired on Rossiya 24 television on Wednesday.

Nalyvaichenko was under investigation, which was “never completed,” Yakimenko said.

Yakimenko disagreed that the new government of Ukraine is appointed by “the Maidan.”

“It’s not true […] The Maidan does not appoint anyone, they are appointed by the U.S.,” Yakimenko said.

Yakimenko did not rule out the possibility that funding for the financing of the Kyiv Maidan was received from some Western countries by diplomatic mail.

“We as a special service know about an increase in diplomatic mail received by diplomatic missions in Ukraine from the beginning of the Maidan. It was much more than regular diplomatic mail. Such supplies led to the appearance of new dollars on the Maidan,” Yakimenko said, saying that that was indicated by exchange officers located near the Maidan.

Yakimenko said the U.S. was interested in the exacerbation of the situation in Ukraine.

“It was only that the U.S. didn’t like the idea of a union of Europe, Ukraine and Russia […] They didn’t like the Customs Union,” Yakimenko said.