Yushchenko confident that Tymoshenko will run for post of President (Update)

13:04, 24 July 2008
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Despite all her statements

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko is confident that Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko will run for the post of President.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, he claimed this to a press conference in Kyiv today.

In particular, asked whether, in his personal opinion, Yulia Tymoshenko will run for the post of the President, despite all her statements that she may support his candidacy, Victor Yushchenko said: “I’m confident – yes”.

At the same time, the President stressed he is not interested very much in talks about the upcoming presidential election in 2010. “I’m little interested in the debates on the year 2010. I will not compromise with anybody on anything, I will not ask for preferences under anybody’s table, I will not sign ay public or non-public agreements”, Victor Yushchenko said, adding that instead he is ready to press for implementation of all provisions of the coalition agreement, as well as international agreements of national interest.

At the same time, he compared the coalition agreement to a kind of crystal of understanding and trust. “It must be sacred and inviolable”, Victor Yushchenko said.

Asked whether he agrees with the billows of criticism leveled by the Presidential Secretariat against the government, Victor Yushchenko noted that does not like several steps of the government, in particular, the fact that budget amendments have not been adopted as yet. The President is confident that the main financial document of the country has not been proposed for consideration of parliament for four months not because something hampered, but because “a certain person had no desire to do that”. He called it an incorrect policy.

In addition, the President also criticized the government’s position on the Odessa-Brody oil pipeline. Victor Yushchenko stressed that Ukraine has certain international undertakings concerning the use of the pipeline, and this is also indicated in one of provisions of the coalition agreement.

According to the President, the government’s policy in this sphere does not correspond to national interests.

On the whole, speaking about forming a new coalition after the snap parliamentary poll in 2007, Victor Yushchenko noted that he made many compromises, in particular, concerning the support of Yulia Tymoshenko’s candidacy for the post of the Prime Minister before considering the package of draft laws stipulated in the coalition agreement. At the same time, the President stressed, the other side often did not want to make compromise.

Victor Yushchenko stressed that he, nevertheless, will never exceed the limits of working relations with the government. 

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