"We are engaged into
political consultations, including with the Radical Party
of Oleh Liashko, in order
to reformat the coalition, to update the coalition agreement, to complete
forming of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and to
advance further bringing about correct changes for the country. And
these changes imply very clear steps in implementation
of reforms", said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk during a Government meeting on Wednesday, February
"The political war of everyone
against everyone means war against the country. We must learn
to turn the page and bury the hatchet. A crisis is always an opportunity and we
must seize this opportunity. We, as the
Government, proclaimed our principles which include
a new quality of Ukrainian politics and a strong Cabinet of Ministers, the
strong support of the Parliament and the President in
the process of implementation of reforms. We have every opportunity
to do that", stressed the Head of
that the President would support this stance which is to
ensure political stabilization within the country",
stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The Prime Minister informed that day there
had been summoned several meetings with members of the
Government "on a plan of action following yesterday's vote in
the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine": "What was
happening yesterday was very far from the high democratic
standards of the Parliament and parliamentarianism itself. We did not hear
concrete criticism and concrete proposals".
"In fact, there was provoked
an artificial political crisis. And the purpose of this provoked political
crisis is early elections. This is nothing else but a struggle for
power", stressed the Head of Government.
"The Government is fighting for the
country. Hence, we appeal to all responsible political
forces, to the President of the country and the
entire society that we need to be level-headed and
move along the path of reform and change in Ukraine", accentuated
the Prime Minister.
He reminded that the Government
of Ukraine had presented an action
plan to follow in 2016: "I hope
that all our partners in the Parliament as well
as the President will support this plan of action", urging to submit
proposals to the action plan regarding "what should be done
in the country but not who is to blame": "Those
are to blame who lack political commitment,
political responsibility and political will to bring about changes and transformations".
that the Parliament will draw conclusions from the process of
considering the issue we had yesterday.
The Government will draw conclusions as
well," he said.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that the Cabinet
of Ministers considers it necessary "to strengthen cooperation between
the Government and the Parliament, to ensure joint
political responsibility for the fate of the country and the steps to be done
in the future."
"We realized that it is necessary to reformat
the coalition and make changes to the
coalition agreement", noted the Head of Government.
He told he had
had a meeting with the President of Ukraine, the head of the PPB
faction, head of the People’s Front faction,
and had just had a conversation with the head of
the Radical Party faction Oleh
"He declared that they are ready to negotiate the
reformatting of the coalition and to include changes into
the coalition agreement and, therefore, new rules and principles."
"Our rules and principles have
already been announced by the Government in the past two
weeks. These include honesty, transparency, zero
tolerance for corruption and real steps on the way of
reforms," urged Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the Cabinet of Ministers
once again appeals to the political partners to help to fill
posts in the Government: "It is crucial to
ensure that our political partners could provide
a clear list of names of those who will fill posts in
the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, to prolong the
reforms in the country."
as of great importance right now "to
achieve political stability, which is the key
to economic and social stability within the country, to
gain continued support for Ukraine from our
Western partners. All these factors will instil
confidence in the Ukrainian people that the Ukrainian
political class, that was elected through the
parliamentary elections two years ago, is really
capable to carry out reforms, to take full
responsibility and to preserve unity."