Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's adviser Oleg Ustenko says there are much more candidates for prime minister than those discussed in the media.
"I think the pool of experts or potential candidates with whom this issue is currently being discussed by President Zelensky is much larger than the one that is currently being discussed in the Ukrainian media," he told Radio Liberty's Ukrainian service.
On July 21, Zelensky said he wanted the prime minister to be a professional economist who had never headed the government, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, or parliamentary factions.
"It is possible to find several thousand Ukrainian experts who fall under this description, who should be the prime minister. What is now being discussed in the Ukrainian media space is just an imposed agenda, which is not even coming from the key experts of the Atlantic Council," Ustenko said.
In early July, expert of the Atlantic Council Melinda Haring wrote that "Kyiv is awash in rumors, and the chattering classes are discussing five technocrats who could be chosen as the next prime minister. They are Aivaras Abromavičius, Vladyslav Rashkovan, Yuriy Vitrenko, Andriy Kobolyev, and Oleksandr Danyliuk."
Answering a question about his possible premiership, Ustenko said: "I would say I would not like to answer such questions."
The prime minister of Ukraine is appointed by the Verkhovna Rada upon nomination by the president of Ukraine.