Poroshenko Believes Ukraine's Crisis May Be Solved by Month-End

  • Ukraine will solve crisis without early elections: Poroshenko
  • Poroshenko sees no sign Russia is implementing Minsk accords

Ukraine’s current political crisis may be resolved by the end of March, avoiding early parliamentary elections to keep donor aid on track, show progress in fighting corruption and implement reforms to boost the economy, President Petro Poroshenko said.

“I hope before the end of the month we will find a solution,” Poroshenko said in Brussels on Thursday. “I want to declare there would be no early parliamentary elections and the political coalition would stay intact.”

Two parties quit the ruling coalition last month after the cabinet of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk survived a no-confidence vote. Poroshenko called for the premier’s resignation and a government reshuffle to speed up reforms. Politicians have failed to agree on a new candidate for weeks while uncertainty keeps holding up billions of dollars of financial aid, including a delayed tranche from the International Monetary Fund.

The parliament needs to agree on support for laws implementing the 2015 Minsk peace accords to end the two-year long conflict with pro-Russian separatists in two eastern regions. Poroshenko was in Brussels to meet French and German leaders to discuss the peace process. Earlier in March, the foreign ministers of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia agreed to carry out local elections in eastern Ukraine before the end of June.

"We are ready to implement the political things, including legislation about the election and constitutional changes," Poroshenko said on Thursday. “Unfortunately, we don’t see anything like that from the Russian side.”

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