MOSCOW, April 10. /TASS/. Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Sergei Arbuzov said on Sunday he is ready to return to Ukraine to head its government after Arseniy Yatsenyuk steps down.
"Today, I am ready to return to Ukraine with my team and programs of economic revival. But it will not work in the current environment in the country, under these authorities, with these people who are bogged down in scandals and blood," he said in an interview with the Russian News Service radio station. "It was possible before the maidan [Kiev’s central Independence Square, or Maidan Nezakezhnosti, the venue of grass-roots protests that gave its name - ‘maidan’ - to protest movements across the country - TASS], when the programs worked and indices were within the norm despite a difficult economic situation."
Yatsenyuk’s resignation, according to Arbuzov, can hardly ever change the political situation in Ukraine as people "from the maidan who deceived those protesting in the maidan" are still in power and "are trying to revive the economy by means of maidan slogans."
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said earlier on Sunday he is stepping down as Ukraine’s prime minister and the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) will consider his resignation on April 12.
Sergei Arbuzov was governor of Ukraine’s National Bank in 2010. In 2012, he was recognized as the best National Bank governor in Europe. Also in 2012, he was appointed First Deputy Prime Minister in the Nikolai Azarov cabinet. In late January, 2014 after Azarov’s resignation, Arbuzov was appointed acting Prime Minister to stay in office for about a month, until the shift in power. Now, Arbuzov heads the the Centre for Studies of Economic and Socio-cultural Development of CIS Countries, Central and Eastern Europe.