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Poroshenko, Zelensky teams agreed on renting NSC Olimpiysky for debates on April 19

Petro Poroshenko's priority will be the debates at Suspilne TV; however, he'll do everything for the society to watch the debates of two candidates on the stadium
19:50, 16 April 2019

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The teams of presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky signed the agreement with the NSC Olimpiysky stadium. The deal foresees that the presidential debates would take place on the arena on April 19. Oleg Medvedev, the speaker of Poroshenko's HQ said this as quoted by Ukrainska Pravda news agency.  

According to him, the teams' representatives will discuss the order of these debates. 'So far, the views are different: while one side aims for a show, we are set for full-fledged discussion', Medvedev said.

Speaking of the location where the President will head to on April 19, Medvedev said that he would first of all visit Suspilne TV channel.

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'Unless there's a decision that sets the President free of the necessity to be at Suspilne, he will at first got to Suspilne. This is the most important thing, it's what the law requires. The rest is optional, and law is law. It's most important that going to the stadium (...). We'll work hard so that the President can live up to the request of Suspilne, being where the law requires him to be, and at the same time to do whatever he can so that the society can watch the full-fledged debates of two candidates. The way we see it, Poroshenko will be on his own at Suspilne's studio', Medvedev concluded.

On April 14, the incumbent president came to NSC Olimpiysky for debates with his opponent Volodymyr Zelensky. The latter did not show up. 

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The debates are foreseen by the Ukrainian law; they are foreseen by the electoral law. The debates are supposed to occur on the last Friday before the election. Suspline TV is responsible for hosting the debates. 

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