President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko claims that the coalition talks between the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko and Party of Regions were frustrated because he had a variant that would by 100% prevent the presidential election in the Verkhovna Rada.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, he said this at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.

Victor Yushchenko informed that during his recent meetings with Party of Regions leader Victor Yanukovych, they agreed that there was only one legal way of coming to power – over a national presidential election.

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According to him, he said to Yanukovych that the free gift of being elected as President in parliament would be humiliating for him, because it is an illegal way of electing the head of state.

At the same time, according to Victor Yushchenko, the most important is that he had a means to prevent the election of President by parliament. “I had in my hands a 100-% variant that would guarantee a direct election”, Victor Yushchenko stressed, adding that nobody would think about this means though it is stipulated by the Constitution.

“I think, these arguments influenced too”, Victor Yushchenko said, adding that during the talks nobody could guarantee that one side would not betray the other.