26 Oct 2010 18:33

Ukraine PM accuses opposition of spreading rumors about currency

VINNITSA. Oct 26 (Interfax) - Opposition claims about the possible devaluation of Ukraine's national currency, the hryvnia, is an attempt to provoke public panic, said Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.

"This provokes panicky moods and an unhealthy demand for the national currency," he said at a meeting focusing on regional development in Vinnitsa on Tuesday.

Such claims are being made by my predecessor Yulia Tymoshenko, Azarov said.

The opposition is also making ludicrous claims about an unmotivated additional issue of the hryvnia to support the economic situation in the country, he said.

Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko earlier said that the additional issue by the Ukrainian government of 83.6 billion hryvni had already sparked growth of domestic consumer prices.