Acting Kharkiv Mayor advocates revival of relations with Russia: "This is confidence in future"

Kharkiv Mayor Hennadii Kernes, who is likely to remain in this position after the elections, deems it necessary to restore full economic links between Kharkiv region and the Russian Federation.

Kernes, who claims the victory in the mayoral elections in Kharkiv in the first round, has said in an interview to Ukrainska Pravda, Censor.NET reports.

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"My vision is that we need to revive economic ties, because many enterprises of the Kharkiv region are geared towards the Russian market. It means jobs, family income, wealth, confidence in the future. Of course, it would be desirable that all participants of possible processes, aimed at reviving of the relations, work beyond politics," Kharkiv Mayor said.

According to Kernes, the Russian aggression is not a sufficient reason for the large enterprises to stand idle.

"For example, there is such a plant as Turboatom - the major machine-building plant, which has paid nearly 600 million hryvnia of taxes. It has orders, including the Russian ones. It cannot fulfill them because the rail service has been suspended. Do you think that it is reasonable that such companies have contracts, which bring the currency and investments into the country producing value-added products... Is this as it should be?" Kernes said.

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Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n358451