China has filed a complaint against Ukraine at the London Court of International Arbitration for failing to fulfill its obligations under a contract for supply of grain. Parliamentary Deputy Hennadii Moskal, who is the first deputy head of the parliamentary committee for combating organized crime and corruption, announced this in a statement, the UNIAN news agency reports.
In early 2013, China provided a loan of USD 1.5 billion to Ukraine, which the State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine (SFGCU) was to use to purchase grain for export to China. "...In violation of the agreement, grain worth only USD 153 million was sold to China," the statement said.
At the same time, according to Moskal, the SFGCU bypassed the agreement with China by using the Chinese money to supply grain to Ethiopia (worth USD 28 million), Monaco (USD 14 million), Saudi Arabia (USD 7 million), Iran (USD 24 million), Kenya (USD 11 million), the Philippines (USD 1.5 million), Switzerland (USD 61.9 million), Egypt (USD 26.3 million), and Syrian rebels (USD 325 million).
Citing customs documents, Moskal said that the SFGCU made grain purchases in Ukraine for implementation of the Chinese contract but the recipients of the grain were not the Chinese company or businesses designated by it. At the same time, the China National Complete Engineering Corporation (CCEC), to which the Ukrainian corporation was to supply grain under the loan agreement, received only 180,000 tons of grain.
As reported, the SFGCU reached agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China on the loan of USD 3 billion in 2012. The company received the loan’s first tranche of USD 1.5 billion for purchase of grain in early 2013. Ukraine is to use the second tranche of the loan (USD 1.5 billion) for purchase of Chinese goods. According to the SFGCU’s First Deputy Board Chairman Robert Brovdi, the corporation had exported 1.5 million tons of grain to China as of December 3, 2013.