“The new President is a source of hope. We are waiting for actions from him that he can already implement – restoring peace and reducing tariffs. For this, he has the full necessary authority,” one of the leaders of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction Oleksandr Vilkul wrote on his Facebook page following the meeting of the Conciliation Board of the heads of parliamentary factions.
In his speech at the meeting of the Conciliation Council, Oleksandr Vilkul named the priority actions that the new President could take, having the authority to do so and not waiting for the re-election of the new parliament.
Firstly, it is necessary to end the humanitarian, transport, economic and energy blockade of the Donbas, and this will be the first step towards peace. “We are told that it is impossible to pay pensions and social assistance there. In fact, it is possible to make payments by canceling the registration. Thanks to this, people will be able to more easily receive all payments in the territory that we control. And with the help of the Red Cross (this is done in many countries of the world), people can receive pensions and social benefits from those territories that we temporarily do not control,” Oleksandr Vilkul said.
“Secondly,” said the oppositionist, “we understand that there can be no peace without real negotiations. Therefore, we insist the President to enter into direct negotiations with the Russian Federation. This is the only possible way. And the sooner he does this, the sooner people will stop suffering.”
Thirdly, according to the deputy head of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction, this is the reduction of utility tariffs. “The President rightly said more than once about very high utility tariffs in our country. This is what we have been fighting for five years. Anyway, I’m just saying: in order to reduce them, the parliament is not needed. The President has full authority to cancel any decision of the Cabinet of Ministers by his decree (one signature). And all tariffs are raised by a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers,” the MP stressed.
“I believe that by the early elections, on July 21, the President should take the steps that are in his authority today, rather than tell that he does not have a majority in parliament,” Oleksandr Vilkul concluded.