Cooperation between Ukraine and IMF based on compromises - Poroshenko
Cooperation between Ukraine and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is based on joint compromise agreements, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has stated.
"I am really not involved in the negotiation process with the IMF, but I have regular meetings with our great friends - with Mrs. Christine Lagarde [IMF Managing Director] and Mr. David Lipton [IMF First Deputy Managing Director]. As the president of an independent state, I will not allow anybody to dictate something to us, all this is a matter of compromise," he said at the press conference "Challenges 2018" in Kyiv on Wednesday.
At the same time, Poroshenko noted that it was he who had appealed to the parliament with regard to the submission to the Venice Commission of a draft law on the Anti-Corruption Court.
"I want to emphasize that I introduced the bill the day after the one when the previous bill was withdrawn. I want to emphasize that the parliament can make any changes there during preparation for second reading," the president said.
"I am the first Ukrainian president, during whose presidency we already have the fifth tranche from the IMF. The IMF issues tranches to Ukraine when we fulfill the memorandum," the head of state stressed, adding that he remains optimistic about cooperation between Ukraine and the IMF.