Former German Defense Minister Rupert Scholz refused to cooperate with the recently established "Agency for Modernization of Ukraine,” according to the German magazine “Der Spiegel”.
The Agency was reportedly designed to develop a plan for the modernization of the Ukrainian economy and was expected to include a number of prominent Western politicians.
The Agency was established in early March in Vienna with the aim of helping Ukraine out of its economic crisis and to work out a comprehensive modernization plan. However, it was considered controversial by several Western politicians, in particular due to the poor reputation of Dmitry Firtash and his dubious financing sources.
Rupert Scholz was to become one of the eight "senior advisors" on constitutional reform in Ukraine. Among others are former EU-Commissioners Günter Verheugen and Peter Mandelson as well as French former Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.