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Volodymyr Groysman: Our Government is ready to fight for reforms, for Ukraine and for every citizen
15.07.2016 | 15:02
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said that the time of populism in Ukraine is over, and his Government is committed to continuing reforms in the country, he stated this, speaking during an hour of questions to the Government at the Parliament on Friday.

"There is a real attitude, there are true leaders, there are people who believe in what they say. There are leaders who are fighting for the country, for its citizens, while there are pseudo-leaders that are just pretending that they are struggling for Ukraine, for a Ukrainian citizen with a single goal – to get 1 or 2, or 5 percent more in an election, and then become the biggest disappointment for the Ukrainian people. The time of populism is over, it is time for responsible social policy. And our Government is ready to fight for reform, ready to fight for Ukraine and for every citizen," emphasized Volodymyr Groysman.

Volodymyr Groysman has criticized Ukrainian populists who insist that the Government should stand down from establishing the market-based gas price for the population. "You know that one leader of one political party says that the Ukrainian gas costs 20 dollars, which is complete nonsense,"  he said and cited the text of the memorandum with the IMF, signed by Yulia Tymoshenko as Prime Minister on October 31, 2008.

"I want to tell you from this rostrum, to this day I have not signed any memorandum, dear colleagues, any. But here are the signatures, including of Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko. Here it is, signed," Volodymyr Groysman showed the document and read the text of paragraph 17 of the Memorandum. "To assure sound finances going forward, and bring Naftogaz’ financial relations with the budget onto a more orderly basis, we will unify the price of domestic and imported gas by end-2011," Volodymyr Groysman ended the quote and said that it’s what his Government is doing now.

The Prime Minister stressed that the Government would protect Ukraine’s vulnerable groups through non-refundable targeted subsidies. He read out paragraph 18 of the memorandum with the IMF, signed by Yulia Tymoshenko, which states that the process of tariff setting should be depoliticized.


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