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 PM Yatseniuk asks MPs to "not throw the country into economic collapse"

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk has appealed to the Verkhovna Rada with a request to support changes to the Tax code and budget draft for 2016, together with accompanying laws.

He said this is the parliament, Censor.NET's correspondent reports.

Yatseniuk noted that with this budget, social payments will increase by 12 percent; also, this law provides for financing of security and defense in amount of 112 billion UAH ($4.5 billion).

According to him, the budget is also required for the economic stability, in particular, for stable exchange rate and financial aid by international partners.

Read more: Rada instructs Cabinet to finalize draft state budget-2016 and submit it to parliament before Dec. 24

"If this decision is not made [budget support - ed.], it will mean that the country will be left without budget, retirees without pensions, banking system will be up in the air; no one will give us money and we will bring the recently achieved economic stability to its knees," the prime minister noted.

Yatseniuk also noted that he appreciated "fair" criticism towards the government.

"We are accepting any useful criticism, especially given that it's a trend now to criticize the government; but right now I am asking you to show political responsibility, support the required bills, and not throw the country into economic collapse," the PM concluded.

Soon after Yatseniuk's speech, Parliamentary Speaker Volodymyr Hroisman closed the parliamentary session due to lack of MPs in the session hall.
 
 
 
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