5 Apr 2019 10:21

Poroshenko wants his debate with Zelensky to iclude several stages

KYIV. April 5 (Interfax) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he is confident that a debate with Volodymyr Zelensky, Poroshenko's rival in the second round of the Ukrainian presidential election, should consist of several stages.

"I am very pleased that Volodymyr Zelensky has accepted by proposal about debates. [...] I am firmly convinced that such debates will take place," Poroshenko told reporters on Friday at the Olympic National Sports Complex in Kyiv after taking required medical tests at the stadium's medical aid station.

Poroshenko reiterated that it would be a good idea to hold the debate in several stages.

Poroshenko arrived at the medical aid station of the Olympic stadium earlier on Friday for drug and alcohol tests.

A paramedic told the president that samples of his blood, urine and hair would have to be taken.

Zelensky also had similar tests at a private clinic in Kyiv on Friday morning, an Interfax correspondent reported.

Zelensky said that the results of his tests would be ready in three days, promising to make them public.

"I didn't come to the Olympic stadium because it has no laboratory. No one knows whether a medical laboratory exists there," he said.

When asked by a journalist why he did not take the tests at the "clinic of his friend", Andriy Palchevsky, Zelensky said: "It's simply because I know him."

The second round of Ukraine's presidential election is due to take place on April 21.