Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
25th June, 2016
The Chairman of the Odessa regional state administration Mikhail Saakashvili said that Ukraine’s “government mechanisms are broken”.
This official statement was made at the conference Grain Ukraine 2016 in Odessa. According to the head of the state administration, due to a catastrophic level of corruption, “we are no better in economic terms than that of Putin’s Russia”.
“It’s even worse, because some decisions are centralized. There are somethings that belong to the owner, to the main “kingpin”. And this “kingpin” gives orders… But here… Government mechanisms are broken. In Ukraine, the officials even of the highest rank, if he wanted to do something good, he would not be able to implement it,” said the Governor of the Odessa region.
“But in Russia, if you reach a compromise with Putin, then all will be well,” Saakashvili added.