Two rounds of presidential debate possible in Ukraine as rival teams in talks

09:40, 15 April 2019
Politics
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Negotiations are in full swing between Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky's presidential campaign teams in Ukraine about the timing of the debates set to be held both at a stadium and at a TV studio. “So that no one has any illusions – this was a warm-up today," presidential advisor Yury Biryukov wrote on Facebook, commenting on the incumbent president's appearance in front of the press and a crowd of supporters at the Olympiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv Sunday, April 14.

"Now, a serious discussion is ongoing with the Zelensky Campaign about the timing of the debate at the stadium and at a TV studio. That is, if they are able to reach an agreement, on April 19, we'll see two rounds," wrote Biryukov.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, a presidential candidate and incumbent head of state Petro Poroshenko on Sunday, April 14, arrived at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kyiv, where he said he was waiting for his election rival, showman Volodymyr Zelensky, for a debate ahead of the election runoff.

However, Zelensky did not show up. Earlier, he set another date for the two candidates to debate in public: April 19.

Poroshenko earlier accepted Zelensky's offer to meet at the stadium while it was noted that that meeting should not overlap with the one scheduled to be held at the Public Broadcaster's TV studio on the same day.

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