Precise cost of Ukraine's presidential debates cannot be determined, - Olympic administration

Source : 112 Ukraine

The term of reference, format, exact location of the debates within the arena and presence of the audience should be specified
13:20, 9 April 2019

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It is impossible to determine the cost of the debates between candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko at the stadium, as the main organization points are still unknown, as the administration of Olympic National Sports Complex reported on Facebook.

The administration emphasized that the precise cost cannot be determined without the detailed terms of reference, understanding of the format and exact location of the debates within arena, presence, and absence of the audience and many other technical and organization points.

Related: Zelensky’s team, National TV Company negotiate on debates

It will be possible to form announce the precise cost only after agreement on all aspects within the terms of reference and project of the agreement on the holding of the debates as Olympic Sports Complex emphasized.

On April 3, Zelensky replied to Poroshenko's invitation to participate in the 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.

Related: Debates at NSK Olympic: Main expenses are for renting, lighting, and sound

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.

Related: Zelensky to introduce his team until debates, - Zelensky’s advisor

According to Alasania, the official debates on April 19 should take place in the studio of the National TV Company.

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."

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