Tymoshenko's answer to President: it will not help him anyway

15:31, 18 August 2008
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"We will hear many such statements..."

The statements from the Presidential Secretariat indicate that President Victor Yushchenko has kicked off his election campaign. Valeriy Pysarenko, lawmakers of the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko, said this in an interview with UNIAN commenting on the statement of President’s Deputy Chief of Staff Andriy Kyslynsky.

According to the Member of Parliament, “it’s obvious that the President has kicked off his election campaign, and is trying to fight against his main rival at the election using all the means”. At the same time, he added: “But the President started his campaign too early, and, besides, it will not help him anyway”.

According to V.Pysarenko, he would not like to comment on “hysteric statements”. “We will hear many such statements, but we will continue doing out work, as we are doing it today for the sake of national interests of Ukraine”.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko`s office on Monday accused Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, his "Orange Revolution" ally, of betraying national interests by not backing Georgia in its conflict with Russia. Yushchenko`s deputy chief of staff accused Tymoshenko of remaining silent to secure Moscow`s support during presidential elections in 2010.

"Russia`s leaders are seriously considering supporting Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the presidential campaign once she ... fulfils the condition of adopting a passive position in the conflict with Georgia," Andriy Kyslynsky said in a comment on the presidential Web site. The president`s office was handing prosecutors documents about Tymoshenko`s "fully fledged work in the interests of the Russian side", the statement added.

"The public has a right to know how far politicians will go beyond the boundary where political battles end and the betrayal of national interests begins."

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