A Ukrainian presidential candidate and the leader of the Batkivshchyna Party, Yulia Tymoshenko, has proposed that a referendum should be held on the presidential election day, May 25, to ask voters about the country's foreign policy vector, a unitary state and Euro-Atlantic prospects.
"Today people in the east and south of Ukraine live with the idea of a referendum. I would like to propose both to the Ukrainian people and the political elite to put several questions to a referendum, and it would be very good to hold it during the presidential election," she said at a meeting with representatives from the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations in Kiev on Thursday.
We need to clearly decide on Ukraine's foreign policy strategy, Tymoshenko said.
"If it is the European Union, then we need to put the question of EU membership on the agenda because we need to make up our minds, we cannot be in this grey zone," the candidate said.
The Ukrainian people can also be asked whether it supports a unitary state with a stronger local self-government, the Batkivshchyna leader said.
"The third question, which in my view it is time to ask, is how the Ukrainians see the path towards protection of our borders, including by the use of weapons. Whether the Ukrainians support NATO accession or whether they support a non-aligned status," Tymoshenko said.
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