Prystaiko says he did not discuss his resignation with Zelensky

Prystaiko says he did not discuss his resignation with Zelensky

02.03.2020 17:30

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has said he has not yet received an invitation to a meeting of the parliamentary faction of the Servant of the People party on his possible resignation and has not discussed this issue with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Prystaiko said this at a press conference on Monday, March 2, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

“There is enough information, and it is vigorously discussed, not only my surname but also the surnames of other ministers, including the prime minister. I think we have said enough times that we are ready to resign. We have promised to serve the people of Ukraine. We have been invited by President Zelensky. If they no longer need our services, we are ready to do something else – there is no tragedy here,” Prystaiko said.

At the same time, he added that he, as Ukraine’s foreign minister, has a “bunch of plans” that have not yet been implemented, including current visits by foreign colleagues. In particular, there will be an important visit on Wednesday, March 4, the minister said.

“If there is an [extraordinary] meeting of the Verkhovna Rada on Wednesday, this is just the day when the Canadian foreign minister comes to our country, with whom we have much to talk about,” Prystaiko said.

He said he had not yet been invited to a meeting of the Servant of the People faction, but, according to him, “it happens quite quickly.”

“That is, an invitation may come – a phone call is enough. We are pleased to communicate with the faction and with individual committees,” he said.

Prystaiko also said that when President Zelensky invited him to head the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, they had reached an agreement that from time to time there would be a conversation about whether they would work together.

On February 28, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sent a letter to Verkhovna Rada Chairman Dmytro Razumkov with the demand to convene an extraordinary parliamentary meeting.

The parliament speaker convened such a meeting for 16:00 on March 4.

The agenda of the meeting envisages the consideration of six issues, including “about the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.”

Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said on March 2 that he had not tendered his resignation, but noted that “we are thinking of a serious strengthening of the government.” However, he said, there is no final decision on the government reshuffle.

“This is a team decision, which depends mainly on the president, on the position of his colleagues in parliament. I would not like to comment now on the final decision, because it is still on the table. In my opinion, it is too early to say who we are going to replace,” Honcharuk said.


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