Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky revealed what he thinks Ukraine’s two “global problems” are during an interview with the TV channel “Ukraine” aired on Sunday 7 April.
According to Zelensky, the country’s first “global problem” is the war in the Donbas, and the second is foreign investors’ fear of investing in the country.
“People are scared that their finances are not protected, that businesses are put under pressure by all kinds of law enforcement organs that shouldn’t even be involved in that. In our [presidential election] program, all of these functions of law enforcement organs, the SBU, GPU, MIA, must be eliminated. In order to do this, we need to establish a separate organ that must handle economic crimes,” Zelensky said.
He added that businesses in the West are “waiting for guarantees” before establishing further ties with Ukraine.
“They expect that, with the new president, they will get a guarantee,” Zelensky remarked.
The presidential candidate also said that his team had discussed steps to fight corruption, “reboot” the anti-corruption organs, and launch the anti-corruption court.
“Two years have passed, the promises continue… I think we can still do it,” Zelensky said.
He affirmed that Ukraine’s course is towards integration into the EU.
“This course of Ukraine was chosen a long time ago, and no one is planning to change this course. They spoke about NATO. To me it seems that everyone has agreed, and I personally, as a citizen of Ukraine, have said that I am in favor of NATO. But in order to join NATO – and this is written in our program – we need to explain to people what it is. But [choosing] NATO must be done through a referendum,” he said.