KIEV, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday said Ukraine would be extremely vulnerable if it did not stick with a $17.5 billion International Monetary Fund aid programme, urging lawmakers to pass necessary anti-corruption and pension reforms.
“We need to implement the IMF programme, without which Ukraine is extremely vulnerable,” he said in a speech to parliament. “I hope the pension reform will be passed at the next session.”
“It is urgent to establish a special anti-corruption judicial body,” he said, referring to another IMF requirement needed for the disbursement of the next loan tranche.
Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; editing by Matthias Williams