"No crucial decisions for the country have been taken for 22 years.
Someone had to do it. I decided that I would do it. And then history will judge
whether it was right or not", said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk during a press conference on the outcomes of 2015 on Tuesday,
question about possible resignation of the Cabinet of Ministers, Arseniy
Yatsenyuk stressed: "Is it a resignation for we are no longer dependent on
Russian gas? Or for we have restructured US $ 15 billion of
debt? For we have overfulfilled the budget by
40%? Or for the fact that we have introduced sanctions
against Russia? Or for we have increased funding up to
113 billion for the Army? Or for we have carried out the reform of the
energy sector and provided subsidies for 5.2 million citizens of the country?"
The Head of
Government noted that during 22 months, as he holds office as Prime Minister, "they
take the potshots at the executive branch of government and personally the
Prime Minister": "That's OK, it's called
politics and political struggle. And it must be taken with courage and dignity.
We must definitely fight and prove that those steps which we make are correct".
coalition takes a decision that the Prime Minister of Ukraine does not meet the
requirements which were set by the coalition - to the hall, voting process, a
new coalition, a new Government. With dignity and pride I will delegate power
to manage the executive branch to the new Government. But I shall finish my
work", stressed the Head of Government.
He reminded that
the parliamentary coalition had been formed on the basis of five factions:
"If the decision about resignation of the Cabinet of Ministers is taken,
then it means the failure to implement the coalition agreement. The failure to
implement the coalition agreement means that the one who assumes the political
responsibility for the resignation of the Government, forms a new coalition,
appoints a new Cabinet of Ministers, or we all go to pre-term elections. There
is no other option. It's called a parliamentary-presidential form of
government. It's called democracy".
"It's not about
the rankings. The thing is that I personally have set political goals for
myself," he said.
He noted that he agreed
to such steps as the increase of tariffs to market-based levels, the radical
change in the pension system, restructuring of state-owned companies - which
are unpopular: "For me these are correct decisions".
"For 22 years
such decisions have not been taken. Someone had to do it I decided that I would
do it. And then history will judge whether it was right or not. And then we
will see the performance of the country in the ranking, by the way, we improved
our performance in the Doing Business ranking throughout recent two
years", said the Head of Government.