Statements by some deputies from OU-PSD on their willingness to form a coalition with the Party of Regions under the prime ministership of Viktor Yushchenko are an attempt to legalize a secret deal between the former and current presidents of Ukraine.

"More than a month ago the secret agreement between the two Viktors – Yushchenko and Yanukovych - came to light. According to the deal, Yushchenko would do everything to lower Tymoshenko’s rating in return for the prime minister’s post," First Deputy Head of BYuT Andriy Kozhemyakin said, Tymoshenko's official website reported.

The people’s deputy also underscored that "what’s most offensive about such statements and the willingness to be led by Yanukovych and the Party of Regions is that these deputies call themselves ‘national democrats.’ But once it comes down to having to defend national interests, even by being in opposition, their commitment falls apart and we see the true price of their ‘patriotism,’" he added.

According to him, these statements were made because the deputies from OU-PSD are afraid of losing their deputy mandates if pre-term parliamentary elections are held.

"The deputies from OU-PSD who talk about their prime minister, about demands, are actually just afraid of leaving the Verkhovna Rada. They are well aware that if elections are held, they won’t be able to rely on even the smallest level of support from the Ukrainian voters," Andriy Kozhemyakin said.

On December 25, 2009, former member of Viktor Yushchenko’s Presidential Secretariat Yaroslav Kozachok reported that Yushchenko had signed a confidential agreement with Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych on cooperation during the presidential election campaign.

He claimed that according to the deal, Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych were to refrain from criticizing each other and use all means possible to support the leader of the Party of Regions in the second round. They would also guarantee Viktor Yushchenko’s nomination for the prime minister’s post and votes in support of his candidacy by the parliamentary majority."

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