Symonenko: Yanukovych to speak in parliament on session closing day
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is planning to address the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine during the closing of the parliament session, Ukrainian Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko has said.
"With respect to the president's arrival in parliament, the president expressed his wishes and said that if there is an invitation, he is ready to come to parliament. At least the possibility of the president's speech during the closing of the session was discussed," he told reporters on Wednesday after a meeting between the president and the leaders of parliamentary factions and the leadership of the parliament.
When asked whether Yanukovych will deliver his address in parliament, Symonenko said that the president would express his opinion on Ukraine's development in future and that he had already passed the text of his address to MPs.
The president's permanent representative in the Verkhovna Rada, Yuriy Miroshnychenko, in turn, also confirmed that the president could speak in parliament during the closing of the second session.
"The president confirmed his readiness to come to parliament and speak. This, according to legal procedures, cannot be the presentation of an annual address, but the president is ready to deliver his speech. The only condition that should be met by the leaders of factions and MPs is the question of political culture," he said.
According to the schedule of the second session of the Verkhovna Rada of the seventh convocation, the last plenary meeting of the session will be held on July 5.