UDAR ready to hold debate with Ukraine-Forward! Party and Regions Party

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Sept. 11, 2012, 12:46 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

UDAR Party leader Vitali Klitschko

The UDAR Party is ready to hold a debate with political opponents from Natalia Korolevska's Ukraine-Forward! Party and the Regions Party, UDAR's press service has reported.

"It is acceptable around the world to hold a debate with political opponents, those who have radically different views on the situation in the country and its development. If [footballer] Andriy Shevchenko, who is taking his first steps in politics, says aloud that their political pre-election project 'Ukraine-Forward!' is an opponent of UDAR and the opposition, i.e. a pro-government project, then UDAR is ready for a debate in the format 'The Opposition against the Regions Party and its Satellites,'" the press service of Vitali Klitschko's party said in a statement on Monday, in response to Shevchenko's appeal for a debate between representatives of Ukraine-Forward! Party and UDAR.

At the same time, UDAR's press service reported that the party sees no point in having a debate with political parties that will not overcome the 5% threshold in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

"While the satellites of the party in power cannot individually win seats on parliament, it makes sense to debate only with those parties that overcome the 5% threshold," reads the statement.

As reported, Shevchenko, on the Big Football program on Ukraina TV Channel on September 9, suggested that UDAR Party leader Vitali Klitschko hold a political debate between the teams of the Ukraine-Forward! and UDAR parties on the future of the country.

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