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KIEV, December 17. /ITAR-TASS/. A nationwide roundtable table meeting initiated by Ukraine’s first president Leonid Kravchuk to stabilise the domestic political situation will continue its work on Tuesday.
It will bring together former presidents Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko, opposition leaders and representatives of the government.
However, on Saturday Yanukovich sacked Deputy Security Council Secretary Vladimir Sivkovich and head of the Kiev city administration Alexander Popov suspected of abuse of power while dispersing pro-European protesters on Kiev’s central square on November 30. Moreover, Kiev police chief and his deputy were also dismissed, while several protesters arrested after clashes with police were released from prison.
The opposition insists on the cabinet’s resignation and the formation of a government of national confidence.
Parliamentarians from opposition factions collected over 170 signatures in support of the government’s resignation. Signatures are being gathered under a draft decree that the Communist Party proposed to consider at a parliamentary session. In addition to communists’ votes the decree is supported by about 210 deputies. One hundred and fifty signatures are required to consider the issue at a parliamentary session and 226 signatures - for the voting to be effective.
Some opposition parliamentarians threaten to block the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, if they get no necessary votes. In the current conditions the parliament turned “into an exclusively formal body,” they said.
The opposition invites citizens to join another nationwide protest due on Kiev’s central square Maidan Nezalezhnosti later on Tuesday “to prevent Ukraine’s accession to the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.” At the same time the Party of Regions assures that this will not happen.
“Some try to bring a political component. But there is no political component,” the leader of the Party of Regions’ parliamentary faction, Alexander Yefremov, said, adding that the Ukrainian government planned to sign purely economic agreements with Russia.
Along with this he added the protocol did not contain a finalized gas price. “What price will be, it will be defined directly within the framework of negotiations and signing of these documents,” Yefremov said.