Testing of candidates for drug, alcohol addiction is national security issue, - Poroshenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

The current president emphasized that failure to get tested is the humiliation of the country
20:40, 10 April 2019

The passing of the tests for drug and alcohol by the candidates for the presidency is the issue of the national security and refusal from them is the humiliation of the country, as 112 Ukraine reported citing President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

“I emphasize one more time; it is the issue of the national security. And, certainly, there can be no compromise in the issues of national security. I did not pay for them; I do not know how much they (the analyses, - cost,” Poroshenko noted.

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He does not consider such testing as the humiliation.

“I think that it is the absolutely transparent procedure. And, conversely, the failure to get tested is the humiliation of the country. And when the issue is about the protection of the interests of the state; no compromise is possible,” he emphasized.

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.

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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.

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The first tour of the presidential elections finished in Ukraine. After the processing of 100% of the protocols it was announced that Zelensky got 30,24% of the votes, Poroshenko has 15,95% and Tymoshenko gained 13,40%. The second tour of the elections is appointed for April 21.

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