The head of state emphasized that the authorities had managed to save the country from default in 2015 and achieve macro-financial stability of the economy in early 2016, Censor.NET reports citing the president's press office.
"At the cost of tremendous efforts, we have managed to break the negative trend of decline in the economy and GDP of Ukraine, which lasted for 14 quarters," Petro Poroshenko informed.
The head of state emphasized that the decline had been primarily caused by the Russian aggression, occupation of the large industrial region of our country, dismantling and destruction of production in that region, and closure of Russian markets for Ukrainian producers.
"Of course, these aggressive actions couldn't but affect our economic positions," the president said.
However, the situation has changed today and we have a positive dynamics.
"In the first quarter of 2016, for the first time in 14 quarters, we observe the economic growth. We are confident that this trend will continue, because we have growth in foreign investment and attract new investors," Petro Poroshenko noted.
According to the head of state, all these factors provide an opportunity not only to ensure normal activity of the country, but also to abolish fiscal pressure on pensions.
"The first such steps allow us ensuring not only the funding of the Armed Forces, but also the protection of pensioners - those who need assistance most. This law abolishes taxation of pensions," the president emphasized.