Zelensky denied the pressure of his office to the former head of the national Bank of Ukraine

The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that from his office there was no pressure on the resigned head of the National Bank of Ukraine Yakov Smoliy, this was discussed during his communication with journalists during a trip to Odessa.

Smoliy, who served as head of the national Bank from March 2018 Wednesday wrote a letter of resignation, explaining that "systematic political pressure" on the Bank, and filed with the President. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on proposal of President Vladimir Zelensky on Friday fired Smoliy as head of the national Bank of the country.

"You can and it (Smoliy – ed.) personally ask if it was pressure from the office of the President. Already asked and he said no. We had really a very good professional and personal relationship. I have already held three large discussions concerning candidates for the position of head of the NBU and received recommendations. All three lists that I have proposed, we learn," said Zelensky in Odesa, answering the question about political pressure on Smoliy. The broadcast led Facebook office of the President.

On Friday Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmyhal said that the shortlist of candidates for the position of head of the NBU has already been formed.