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Ukraine has no strong and responsible authorities - Radical Party leader

December 17, 2015, 4:16 UTC+3 KIEV
"Such episodes are an incredible humiliation for Ukraina and Ukrainians," Lyashko wrote on his Facebook account
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KIEV, December 17. /TASS/. Ukraine has no strong and responsible authorities, leader of the Radical Party Oleg Lyashko said on Thursday after a public quarrel with Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and Odessa region governor Mikhail Saakashvili.

The conflict took place on Monday at a meeting of the national reform council that was attended by President Pyotr Poroshenko. After a verbal exchange, Avakov threw a glass with water at Saakashvili. The two reportedly used foul language. Later, Poroshenko took sides with the Odessa region governor and asked the interior minister to "refrain from xenophobia."

"Such episodes are an incredible humiliation for Ukraina and Ukrainians," Lyashko wrote on his Facebook account. "The reasons for that are obvious - Ukraine has no strong and responsible authorities."

According to Lyashko, Avakov was not right and must apologize. "If I were president I would immediately dismiss all the participants of this shameful show," he noted.

He drew attention to the fact that Saakashvili had never said anything about "corrupted entourage of the president but only about corrupted entourage of [Prime minister Arseniy] Yatsenuyk." "It gives grounds to doubt his sincerity," he stressed, adding that anti-corruption slogans were used in Ukraine only to "grip power."

"The authorities must give people jobs and wages but not ‘circuses,’" Lyashko underscored.

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