"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
“I extend my
hand to the President Poroshenko and his faction. Not just I do but the entire
People’s 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 shouldn’t 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
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Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted that one faction had withdrawn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 can’t afford to plunge the
country into instability, chaos, to deprive of external support, of reforms,
can’t afford economic and political destabilization", stressed
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”.