The following truncated version in English of a fuller posting in Ukrainian appeared on the president Yushchenko's official site today:
"President's position on the situation in the VR remains the same - Iryna Vannykova
According to President’s Press Secretary Iryna Vannykova, President Victor Yushchenko’s position on the situation in the Verkhovna Rada remains the same: state deputies should resume proper work and form a coalition as soon as possible.
According to President instead of search for compromise by political partners, collusion between business groups is attempted in the Parliament, which does not have anything in common with protection of national interests.
Therefore, President Yushchenko will not take part in parliament’s sitting on December 9, as state deputies suggested and will wait for the deputies to renew their work before meeting them.
President is also ready to return to a question of early parliamentary election if he sees that national anti-crisis policy is threatened by Parliament’s inability to function properly."
The Ukrainian version includes these quotes from Vannikova: "Viktor Yushchenko considers participation in [any] parliamentary sitting to be a dialogue with Ukrainian society. Instead, for the head of state it is unacceptable when his presence is demanded [merely] to legalise business-tandems. Dialogue between those elected by the nation and the head of state is possible if deputies renew their internal self-organisation and announce political priorities."
And perhaps more ominously: "The president has taken responsibility before Ukrainian society for co-ordination of anti-crisis policy in Ukraine and for a consolidated position of [state] authority. Because of this, Viktor Yushchenko is prepared to utilise all means which would allow renewal of financial, economic and political stability in the country."
Your blogger considers that Ukraine's largest parties are trying their hardest to settle their considerable differences and make parliament work, otherwise they would be merely sitting on their hands waiting for the president to call early parliamentary elections. Both PoR and BYuT face possible major splits and problems in their own ranks if they succeed.
The president knows well that a priority for any PRyBYuT coalition would be constitutional change, diminution of presidential powers, and election of the president by parliamentary deputies. The fearful president Yushchenko has constantly strove for a subservient parliament, but by dismissing PM Tymoshenko in 2005 and dissolving a PoR-led parliament in 2007 he has made too many enemies, and will pay the price for this.
There is, however, certainly a good case to be made for the president to be nationally elected, particularly when parliament is dominated by a handful of financial-industrial groups.