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Arseniy Yatsenyuk: I extend my hand, as also the entire People's Front faction does, to the President and his faction
18.02.2016 | 16:08

"I appeal to the President, his faction and to all sensible and democratic forces to turn a page. We have no right to allow a horror scenario of dissolution of the country and to repeat the mistakes of 2005. The presidential faction, the President himself and many Government members remember very well how that ended ten years ago. Now the situation is much more complicated. Therefore, all of us should join hands, forget past grievances, to assume full responsibility for the fate of the country and move forward. There is no other option or recipe", said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a Government meeting on Thursday, February 18.

He noted: "Despite all things that had been uttered in Parliament during the Government's report by MPs and members of the parliamentary coalition - not just as the Prime Minister, but as a person, I forgive them".

I extend my hand to the President Poroshenko and his faction. Not just I do but the entire Peoples Front faction does, as we are the basis for the coalition and the basis for the changes within the country together with the faction of the President. We shouldnt pay attention to any ranking. We should forget about political blackmail and change the rules of the Ukrainian politics. It must be European, stressed the Head of Government.

"It is better to stop lying and distorting facts and figures which is the first step. The second step is if we do something wrong, and I do admit that, just tell us how to do better. I have not heard any proposals during the consideration of an issue about resignation of the Government, which did not take place", he stressed.

He explained the reasons for that: "What's next? If they had gained the necessary votes? Where's the next Cabinet? Where's the program? Where is the majority? So, as I understand that, they have demonstrated either sufficient political reasonability or wisdom and realized that there comes Wednesday after Tuesday, and we should think and plan for the future."

During the meeting of the Government Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted that one faction had withdrawn from the coalition: "I can only sympathize with them."

"Everyone should have an ability to bear political responsibility. But we cant afford to plunge the country into instability, chaos, to deprive of external support, of reforms, cant afford economic and political destabilization", stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

The Head of Government emphasized that the first plan of certain political forces, which are now announced their withdrawal from the parliamentary coalition, have failed: "The first plan included resignation of the Cabinet, it is clear that they were unable to form a new Government, and early elections. The second plan was "let's ruin the coalition and will also implement an idea of pre-term election".

The Prime Minister once again highlighted that the Cabinet of Ministers had submitted to the Parliament an Action Plan and proclaimed their principles: "We have a step by step Action Plan. I will be grateful to the members of the Ukrainian Parliament, if they offer what still needs to be done in Ukraine, if they offer the Government real effective steps that are to be supported by the Ukrainian Parliament and, above all, by the society."

He stressed he hailed the decision of the Radical Party faction on their readiness to negotiate on the return into the coalition.

The Prime Minister informed he planned to hold consultations with the Radical Party. Arseniy Yatsenyuk said he was going to talk to the Head of State and the leadership of his faction: We should put the emotions aside, they are useless, and move on forward.


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