Victor Yushchenko is meeting with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, Parliament Speaker Oleksandr Moroz, Vyacheslav Kyrylenko (Our Ukraine), Yulia Tymoshenko (BYuT), Rayisa Bohatyryova (Party of Regions), Ivan Bokyy (Socialist Party), and Valentyn Matveyev (Communist Party). Secretariat Chief of Staff Viktor Baloha and NSDCU Secretary Vitaly Haiduk are present at the meeting, according to the President`s press-office.

They are speaking about how to resolve the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine.

In his speech to open the meeting, the President said, “I do not want this situation to be preserved.” 

He believes the causes behind the crisis are Ukraine’s unbalanced constitution and “chronic” failures to fulfill political obligations.

“The country needs political stability like oxygen. Political stability is one of the elements of the country’s progress,” he said.

Mr. Yushchenko  expressed hopes “each political force realizes how important it is to compromise to ensure political stability.”

“The country needs stability but not on the basis of the ruined market or murky privatizations, or any other negative process in social or economic life. We are speaking here about the nation’s strategic priorities,” he said, calling on those present to seek compromise “despite political colors.”

He said fights in the Verkhovna Rada and its reluctance to find compromises posed a threat to the country. He added that they must try to answer why “the confrontation involving the parliamentary majority, opposition and other governmental institutions is becoming a usual thing in the country.”