"All the fuss
that has taken place in the past year
aimed to discredit the Government and particular
members of the Cabinet of Ministers, which are supported
by me and our faction, is about the only thing – the
redistribution of assets and the assumption of
power," said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a Government
meeting on Wednesday, February 3.
The Prime Minister reminded
that after the return to the Constitution of a
parliamentary-presidential republic the Cabinet of Ministers is
formed by a coalition which, as a result of
the parliamentary elections of 2014, consisted of five pro-European
factions. He stressed: "At that time a coalition
agreement was inked and the Government that
was formed by the coalition from members
of all five political parties, embarked on the
implementation of this agreement and the Action
Programme for the Government, which had
been endorsed and supported by members of the Ukrainian Parliament".
"Perhaps when the
coalition agreement was signed and when the programme
for the Government approved,
not all MPs were really aware of
those difficult, unpopular, but correct steps that should
be made by the entire Ukrainian political class,
which should be vote for, which should
be supported and of crucial importance for Ukraine", he urged.
The Head of Government noted
that throughout last two decades, "there were a
lot of Prime Ministers, Ministers, as well as MPs":
"I hope aftermath,
following democratic elections, this process will
continue. This is what democracy means.
But democracy is based, first of all, on political liability.
Political responsibility for an uttered
word, signed document, for the promises made
to the people of Ukraine during the election campaign, and for the commitment
"If you're a statemonger, who now are rather numerous in
Ukrainian politics and, unfortunately, even in the ranks of the Ukrainian
coalition, then you are trying to escape responsibility, as certain
factions of the coalition do, who are allegedly
protect interests of the
coalition, but in fact they are worse than the opposition. As they are afraid to lose popularity,
not realizing that policy and public activities is the
marathon. And any difficult step made
today will definitely yield results tomorrow or the next day. These
are the results we are trying to achieve and
we are working for", stressed
When the coalition agreement was
inked, the Head of the Government noted,
everyone supported the need for implementation difficult
reforms, maintaining the cooperation with the International Monetary
Fund, the World Bank, the introduction of market-based tariffs,
the need for privatization, elimination of any political influence on the
activities of state-owned companies and the Government in general.
But, in fact, it’s easier to talk than to act".
"The Government assumed full
responsibility for all the unpopular steps that have never
been made in 20 years. And it's not just the
assessment of members of the Cabinet of Ministers. This means the value
of those who help today Ukraine - our Western partners.
This means the contribution of those who invest billions of dollars
to Ukraine to make it a successful state, and who are
ready to prolong keeping stable
the exchange rate and reforms in the country. But they
are ready to do it only if the entire Ukrainian
political class continue to advance, instead of
playing cheap populist politics,
and be responsible to the tasks the
country is facing", stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
After the formation of the Government by
the parliamentary coalition, stressed the Prime Minister,
he personally put the signature under the surname of each Minister,
who had been appointed by the Verkhovna Rada of
"In order to change the
country, it is necessary to have a vision. We transformed
our vision into the Action Programme
for the Government, and we implement it",
Arseniy Yatsenyuk accentuated
that there was constant pressure on particular Ministers
and the Government in general: "There are heard a
lot of statements from Ukrainian politicians and within
walls of the Ukrainian Parliament, for example, regarding
the fight against corruption. However, those who are trying to
eradicate corruption, then come to the members of the Cabinet of Ministers
of Ukraine to solve their problems, to appoint someone somewhere, to
"It's a dirty political reality I
speak out against as Prime Minister and we fight
against. Each of us deserves his/her post. The team that took
offices in the new Ukrainian Government, is not
just a political coalition team. This is the Government of a
new Ukraine. Yes, we make mistakes, but we act,
we advance further," he said.
"As Prime Minister I will protect,
as I used to, each member of our Government.
Everyone now faces a lot of problems.
But we are strong and we’ll continue to fight", said Arseniy
that certain political pressure had made several
Ministers to write a resignation letter.
The Prime Minister reminded that the resignation of members of the
Government is approved by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
"Faction the People’s Front
will take a decision on each particular
Minister, considering results of their
work. I want to emphasize that everyone who has been working
for this Government in the last 14 months was
doing everything, and sometimes even more than he/she
could do," he noted.
The Head of Government
stressed that he appreciates the position of those who,
under political pressure, were forced to write the resignation letter:
"But I am convinced that we have overcome too much. And amid
recent developments the resignation means escape from the
battlefield. But, wit is just time to continue our
“The forces that want things
to be “all right again” - in secrecy divide state-owned companies and in the
same old way in secrecy appoint new Ministers who will be loyal not to the country
but to political forces they only applaud it. They will say that they have
succeeded to continue to control the Government, flow of funds, state-owned
companies. Their goal is that policy of Ukraine will be the old policy, which
led to the Maidan", he stressed.
"My position is as follows. We will
continue to deal and to work", he said.
anyone of those MPs or factions which are represented in Parliament is unsure, you
have constitutional right to collect 150 votes and in the Verkhovna Rada to put
the resolution of no-confidence in the Cabinet, find the majority and take full
responsibility. And as the Prime Minister and the members of our team we will
respect the democratic decision of Parliament," the Head of Government stressed.
Those who think
so, Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed, "should realize their responsibility and
the consequences of those actions": "they may have other programs,
but I didn't hear them. They may have better approaches and better people, but I
didn't see them. And maybe it's just a fight for power and flow of funds. And I
declare it now and confirm it".
this fuss that takes place in the past year to discredit the Government and
individual members of the Cabinet of Ministers, which are supported by me and
our faction, focused only on one thing – the redistribution of flows and to
seizure of power", Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.
Minister stressed that the Government will do its work: "We will fulfill
the Program of the Cabinet of Ministers, we will carry out reforms. We will
defend members of our team".
will demand investigations on any facts of abuse, corruption, political
pressure in order to implement corruption and we will address to the National
anti-corruption Bureau and all anti-corruption bodies that have to investigate
and prosecute all those responsible", he stressed.
our responsibility for the fate of the country, for the future of our state,
for changes in the country and international authority of Ukraine, we - despite
all the difficulties, despite all the criticism and campaigns that we have
against the Government and the right course of reforms in the country, will
struggle and we’ll win, as we have proved it in the last 24 months", Arseniy
Yatsenyuk noted that the Government submitted to the Parliament its Annual
Report on the implementation of the Coalition Agreement and the Program of the
Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
that since 1996 the Government for the first time has directly submitted to the
Parliament the Report on the implementation of the Program of the CMU:
"the Government is ready once again report and inform members of the
Government works and eagerly awaits the date when it will present the Report of
the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Dear deputies,
we are ready", the Head of Government said.