The adviser to the head of the OPU assesses the minister’s work as “extremely effective”.
Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov is a very effective negotiator with the West in the issue of arms supply. In the case of resignation of Reznikov it will be difficult to replace him.
This was announced by the adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine on the air “1+1” as part of a nationwide telethon Mykhailo Podolyak.
Commenting on talks about the dismissal of the head of the Ministry of Defense, Podolyak said:
“I would like us to get used to the decision first, and then the discussion. Speculatively, this is a certain pressure. If you start saying resignation, resignation, resignation every day, people will gradually stop working. As for Mr. Reznikov, there was his statement that if the president insists within the framework of political responsibility for the Minister of Defense, Reznikov will certainly write a resignation letter and leave. But I think you have to hold out for a few days in order not to speculate. I already saw – there were thoughts about who will be Reznikov’s successor and so on.”
The advisor to the head of the OPU noted that Reznikov “was extremely effective in communicating with our partners.”
“This is a very important component. We are talking about the state of war in which Ukraine is. I understand that people have a certain emotion when you receive data that something is being stolen somewhere. You want to make all decisions at once. Perhaps they are fair in relation to to the people who did it and to the people who should bear political responsibility.But I see it a little differently. The war is not over, we have too complicated negotiations regarding long-range missiles, assault aircraft, and logistical support with shells. We need a lot of cartridges, shells, and ammunition. Reznikov was constantly engaged in this, he had excellent personal relationships. Negotiations are not only mathematical formulas, but also personal relationships and trust,” he explained.
According to Podoliak, if we talk about Reznikov’s replacement, “we need to understand whether we will find such a candidate who will be able to take on these issues and gain trust and good personal relations.”
We will remind, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov may be dismissed this week against the background of corruption scandals in the department.
As a result of the scandal involving the purchase of food for the Armed Forces at inflated prices, the Deputy Minister of Defense resigned Vyacheslav Shapovalov. Also, the director of the procurement department was dismissed from his position Bohdan Khmelnytsky. February 1 SBU handed suspicions to Khmelnytskyi and Shapovalov.
Head of the “Servant of the People” faction in the Verkhovna Rada David Arahamia stated that the head of the GUR, Major General Kyrylo Budanov will head the Ministry of Defense instead of Oleksiy Reznikov.
Reznikov himself noted that “no official is in the chair forever”.