"I have stated and now reiterate readiness to offer my hand to the president and his faction. We have been implementing most unpopular reforms over 24 months and we cannot stop halfway," Prime Minister of Ukraine Arsenii Yatseniuk told a press briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Yatseniuk recalled that he appealed to the Verkhovna Rada for it to pass a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine: "This bill has not secured the necessary number of votes."
"This means that the major parliamentary factions - Poroshenko Bloc and People's Front - must finally assume full responsibility for the political and economic stability," he stressed.
"We hope to strengthen the coalition. The talks with other members of the former coalition are currently underway to strengthen it," the PM said.
Yatseniuk recalled that Feb. 18, the parliament had finally adopted the law on the key reform of the public sector concerning the state property management by 251 votes, when two factions - Batkivshchyna and Samopomich - were absent in the parliamentary hall: "The institution of independent directors, which has been dragged out for 12 months, was introduced."
"I am convinced that there is political responsibility to the country, but not the hysteria about the upcoming early parliamentary elections, which will be fraught with grave consequences to the country," the prime minister said.