On the Day of Journalism (June 6)
Freedom of speech became one of the main indicators of Ukraine’s true European spirit.
On the law about judicial reform in Ukraine
Yesterday, it was a victory. I take this decision as one of the most important ones over the period of my presidency.
On the current state of affairs in Ukraine's economy
We put the task to obtain 1.1-percent GDP growth by the end of the year. And we’ve already witnessed positive dynamics in the year’s first quarter. The inflation during this period made about 5 percent. We are optimistic about bringing the inflation’s index to 12 percent this year, and cut it down to 8 percent next year. I’m sure that the joint policy of economic growth should lead the Ukrainian people from austerity to gradual growth of the nation’s incomes. We need to take down every administrative, custom, bureaucratic, even mental obstacle that scares investors and prevents creation of new workplaces.
On the EU-Ukraine visa free regime
Ukraine’s capable of fulfilling all of its commitments. The only thing we are now discussing in this regard is when the visa free regime with the EU is introduced. We are trying to do everything possible so that the European Parliament and the European Council can consider this issue as soon as possible. One can’t rule out, unfortunately, that the regime will start working only in September, but I remain optimistic about this – in 2016 Ukraine will obtain the visa free regime. There are no negative signals on this matter.
On the latest developments in eastern Ukraine conflict
Unfortunately, for the past two weeks, there has been almost no progress on Donbas. On the contrary, the operative situation there has worsened.
On OSCE police mission in Donbas
Bringing the OSCE police mission to Donbas was agreed on the level of the Normandy Four.
On the prospects of local election in Donbas
Can they hold elections on Donbas’s occupied territories? Yes, they can. Can they hold them right now? Yes, they can, if they are organized and held by the occupants. Neither Ukraine nor the civilized world will recognize their results – just like we didn’t recognize the fake elections in Donbas held in November 2014, and just like we do not rrecognize the so-called referendum in Crimea, organized and held by the occupants.
On the exchange of Ukraine's fighter pilot Savchenko on Russian servicemen Yerofeev and Alexandrov
Pardoning Russian military intelligence servicemen was an uneasy decision. Their lawyers coordinated their actions with the FSB (Russia’s federal security service) in order to stall the trial.
On forthcoming NATO Summit in Poland
I'm grateful to Polish partners for their efforts that they make so as to keep the Ukraine's topic among the key points on the summit's agenda. The NATO-Ukraine commission will be held at the highest level, there will be a lot of bilaleral and multilateral meetings.