Ukraine’s Prime Minister (PM) offered his resignation on Friday, 17th January 2020 after the audio was leaked of him reportedly criticising President Volodymyr Zelensky’s understanding of the economy.
The letter reads in part “To remove any doubts about our respect for and trust in the president, I have written a resignation letter and handed it over to the president,” Oleksiy Goncharuk wrote on his personal Facebook page.
He disclosed that the audio has artificially created an impression that my team and I do not respect the president.
According to him, this is not true.
Also, President Zelensky’s office has acknowledged received of the resignation letter adding that it would consider it.
In the alleged recording, which emerged this week, came from an informal December 2019 meeting between Ministers and Senior Government officials from the National Bank.
According to local media reports, the participants discussed how to explain recent economic developments to Zelensky, a comedian and political neophyte who won a surprise election victory last year.
One of the people in the meeting identified as Goncharuk was reportedly heard saying that explanations need to be simple because “Zelensky has a very primitive understanding of the economy.”