Requirement to equal gas prices for households, industry remains, no simple answer to it - PM
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has admitted that the increase in the prices of gas for households to the level of industrial prices remains among the requirements of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He said that the government does not have the answer to this question.
"This is a very sensitive issue, and you know it. You know that it is very complex and it is very negatively perceived by society. You know that such a requirement of international partners is on the agenda - about leveling prices inside the country," the prime minister in parliament on Friday.
"There is no simple answer to this question," he said.
According to the prime minister, Ukraine needs international support, as it is forced to service foreign debt accumulated from 2006 to 2013.
"But on the other hand, I see that we can continue reforms in the country and the economy would grow. We can reach growth of 5%, which will give an opportunity to improve the quality of life of Ukrainian citizens," Groysman said.
"I am looking for a way out to service external debts, on the one hand, and on the other hand, so that Ukrainians with low incomes do not feel the increase," he said, urging the deputies "not to gloat over the topic of gas prices."