President of Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: I came to change the country, I don't need power for the sake of power

3 October 2021 - 15:18

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: I came to change the country, I don't need power for the sake of power

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that he does not seek the concentration of power and starts dealing with certain problems when they become large-scale or dangerous and the government does not have enough powers to solve them. He stated this during a press conference in Truskavets.

"Regarding the concentration of power. I don't need any power. I came to change something, I promised something. And if there are certain delays on this path - let's pave another path. Or give the wheel to another driver," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

At the same time, the Head of State stressed that he does not interfere in the work of the government, he only gets involved when potentially dangerous issues arise, such as the situation in the energy sector, which concerns not only the activities of the Cabinet of Ministers.

"The issue of the heating season, the heating challenge, the issue of gas prices is a geopolitical issue. That is why it is the responsibility of the President. This is an issue of mayors, local authorities, heads of regional state administrations… When there are such difficult challenges, I invite everyone to the Office of the President. There are representatives of local authorities, government representatives. I listen and we talk. Nobody hits the table there and says: "It will be so". No. We need to find a model," he said.

According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during such meetings they find ways to solve serious problems.

"Due to the constant dialogue, due to the fact that I do care and due to the fact that I don't live with the answer to journalists' questions: 'This is not my responsibility - ask the Cabinet”, we were able to keep many things. I can stop interfering, and more people will be under the Office asking why they elected me President," the Head of State added.

At the same time, he noted that he is not engaged in micromanagement, because in this case there is not enough time for strategic issues.

"I now resort to micromanagement only in moments when this is a situation of very high risks for the state," the President said.

Answering questions from journalists, Volodymyr Zelenskyy also said that he did not intend to initiate changes to the Constitution of Ukraine in order to return the presidential-parliamentary model or establish a presidential form of government.