Tymoshenko’s pressure on National Bank is attempt to remove attention from gas problem and gain control on bank: Secretariat of Ukrainian president
Ukraine, Kiev, Jan.23 / Trend , Z. Novsvitskiy / Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's intentions to punish the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) is an attempt to remove attention of the society from the gas problem and take control over the bank, deputy head of Presidential Secretariat of Ukraine Alexander Shlapak said to briefing on Jan.23.
"All these attempts aim to draw our population's attention away from financial or gas problems and take control on the printing-press of the bank," Shlapak said.
Shlapak said that the government needs financial support of 70 billion hryvna due to local loans and to do it without the printing-press of the National Bank is impossible.
"It is necessary to take control over the NBU. Otherwise the problems with gas and public budget will remain unsettled. It is not time to quarrel," Shlapak said.
Tymoshenko repeatedly accused the NBU of corruption, machination, non-transparent refinancing of commercial banks, as well as devaluation of hryvna and demanded the dismissal of the chairman of the bank Volodymyr Stelmakh.
On Jan.22, Tymoshenko said that her fraction has collected 150 signatures of MPs in the Supreme Rada to hold a special session of the parliament on Jan.26 or 27, in which the dismissal of the chairman of the National Bank will be considered.
According to the Law on National Bank of Ukraine, the chairman of the National Bank shall be dismissed by Supreme Rada upon
presentation of the President of Ukraine.
On Jan. 15, Supreme Rada already made a decision proposing to appeal to the President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko regarding the need for his presentation on Vladimir Stelmakh's dismissal from the chairmanship of National Bank and proposal of new candidature to this post.
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