President Petro Poroshenko will sign the budget for 2019, if the Ministry of Defence will additionally allocate $1 billion. This was stated by representative of the President in the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Lutsenko, - LIGA.net reports.
She also reported that the president insisted on 100% monetization of subsidies.
In addition, the budget should take into account the program of connecting rural schools to the Internet, providing inclusive education and building an airport in Dnipro.
As previously reported, on October 18, the parliament adopted the draft state budget for 2019 as a basis. Also, the deputies adopted in the first reading draft amendments to the Budget Code regarding the medium-term planning No.8044 and relations with local budgets No.9084. Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman reported that the Cabinet of Ministers is ready to submit the draft budget to the Verkhovna Rada and asks it to be adopted in the second reading at this plenary week.
On November 14, Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak stated that he considered defense funding insufficient in the draft state budget for 2019.