The Chairman of the Board of Naftogaz of Ukraine, Yurii Vitrenko, received an official appeal from a member of the Supervisory Board of Naftogaz, Robert Bensh, a US citizen who was appointed as a state representative in 2020 and reappointed by the government at the end of April 2021, the press service of the company reports.
In his letter, Robert Bensh denies the accusations of a "conflict of interest", which is referred to in a recently released letter from three independent members of the company’s Supervisory Board to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal. He completely denies the accusations made in this letter and expresses surprise at the position of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Clare Spottiswoode (British citizen). In his opinion, it was the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and the former Chairman of the Board who violated the law by not allowing Robert Bensh to attend the meetings of the Supervisory Board.
Mr Bensh argues that there are no documents to support such allegations, and there are no legal obstacles that could prevent him from exercising his powers as a member of the company's supervisory board.
“We are very sorry that such an unfortunate situation has developed in the work of the Supervisory Board, which must make every effort to work effectively in the interests of the national company and the people of Ukraine. We will conduct a thorough analysis of the situation and arguments, and after that, we will be able to form the company's position and respond to the appeal of Mr Bensh,” Yurii Vitrenko commented on the text of the letter.