President Petro Poroshenko will wait for wannabe prez Volodymyr Zelensky at Olympic National Sports Complex in Kyiv for the holding of the debates on April 14 at 14:14, as 112.ua reported citing Oleg Medvedev, Poroshenko's advisor.
“Petro Poroshenko will come for debates with Volodymyr Zelensky on April 14, at 14:14,” he said.
Poroshenko is also ready to meet with Zelensky on any other day at the stadium, including April 19 if they come to the debates provided by the law at the studio of the National TV Company on April at 20:00.
“Once more I repeat my invitation for Zelensky not to be afraid of the debates, not to avoid them, express courage and political will, come and reveal unknown position on the topical issue of the development strategy of Ukraine in front of the whole society, all voters,” Medvedev stated.
On April 3, Zelensky replied to Poroshenko's invitation to participate in debates and put forward his conditions. He wanted to hold debates at Olympic Stadium. Poroshenko’s team said, “the President does not perform at stadiums”. A few hours later Poroshenko changed his mind and agreed to participate in the debates.
On April 7, Poroshenko stated that he waits for Volodymyr Zelensky on April 14 at Olympic Stadium.
In his turn, Zelensky reported that he wants to hold the debates with Poroshenko on April 19 at Olympic Stadium.
On April 10, Olympic Stadium reported that it got two applications for holding debates from two presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko.
Let us recall that during the presidential campaign in 2014, Poroshenko himself refused from participating in the debates with another presidential aspirant Yuliya Tymoshenko, his key competitor. Poroshenko explained his unwillingness by the fact that Ukraine "is in a state of war. All people emphasize that the country needs unity. If we start quarreling now, our rivals would benefit from it."