In his radio address to the nation, Victor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine, commented on recent gas talks with Russia and cabinet sacking, presidential press office reported.

The President said Ukraine and Russia had agreed that they could only bilaterally change the terms of their gas deal.

“Very soon, our governments will sign an additional protocol to clearly define all technical points of gas supplies,” he said and then added that “our relations with Russia in the gas sector have become more predictable, rational and economically grounded.”

The Head of State also noted that “the gas issue is not merely economic but closely entwined with the recent events in the Verkhovna Rada.”

“I would like to emphasize that the government, headed by Premier Yekhanurov, continues to perform its duties until new ministers are appointed after parliamentary elections. There can be no questions about their ‘acting’ prefix,” Yushchenko said.

As a guarantor of the Constitution, he pledged to do his best “to ensure stable and predictable development of the state.”

“I have already appealed to the Verkhovna Rada to make parliamentarians revoke the resolution to dismiss the cabinet. I hope their respect for the Constitution and citizens of Ukraine will outweigh personal ambitions of certain politicians,” he concluded.


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