Remarks about dictatorship in Ukraine are politically incorrect, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said in an interview with Euronews, commenting on the recent statements of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's, who compared Ukraine to a dictatorship and compared Ukraine to Belarus.

“Just a few days spent in Ukraine, or maybe more, would be enough for anyone to be sure that there’s no dictatorship in Ukraine, and neither is there any political repression. Democratic political parties are active in Ukraine, some of them are represented in the parliament, some of them not. We have total freedom of expression. I personally regard (Mrs. Merkel’s) remark to be politically incorrect. It doesn’t help to strengthen bilateral relations between Germany and Ukraine, and moreover, between Ukraine and the EU as a whole," the PM said.

In response to the question about a lack of trust in the Ukrainian justice system abroad, Azarov assured Ukrainian government does its best to improve the situation.

"That’s precisely why we’ve undertaken a huge task of reforming our judicial system. A new Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine will come into effect that would broaden the citizens’ rights. This is why we wage a real war against corruption. The scale of this fight is significantly wider than, say, two years ago. It’s really a huge fight against corruption. We are trying to deregulate the economy because we see the problem and we do our best to create a favourable investment climate in Ukraine. And we will succeed!” Ukraine's PM summed up.


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