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The Foreign Minister of Ukraine greets journalists

Posted by the Editor on June 6, 2006


News / 6 June 2006 | 17:17

The Foreign Minister of Ukraine greets journalists

The Foreign Minister of Ukraine greets journalists

Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk congratulates Ukrainian journalists on their professional holiday, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine press office reports.

“On behalf of the Ministry I congratulate heartily on your professional holiday – the International Journalists’ Day,” stated Borys Tarasyuk.

“Nowadays, we especially feel the spirit of freedom which has filled our society for the last half and a year. Ukrainian mass media have got new possibilities for development, and our journalists have got the right to voice freely their thoughts and views. Let us recall all those journalists who died for the freedom of speech. Their names will be always in our memory,” said Foreign Minister Tarasyuk.

“We are responsible for our country, the way it is treated by the whole world. I hope that your professionalism and objectivity will contribute to the national integrity, democracy and economic prosperity of Ukraine and create positive image of Ukraine as European country where peace and mutual understanding dominate,” stressed Foreign Minister of Ukraine.

“I want to thank all journalists honorably doing their responsible duty. I sincerely wish you be healthy and perfect your professional skills,” concluded Minister Tarasyuk.

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Rinat Akhmetov congratulates Ukraine’s journalists

Posted by the Editor on June 6, 2006


News / 6 June 2006 | 16:04

Rinat Akhmetov congratulates Ukraine's journalists

Rinat Akhmetov congratulates Ukraine’s journalists

Today Rinat Akhmetov, VR deputy and Ukrainian richest businessman, congratulates the mass media on the Journalist Day.

“The freedom of speech is an eternal supreme value, but it becomes increasingly necessary now. XXI century is called a century of IT and information, in other words it is your century, dear friends,” said Akhmetov.

“Information is more expensive than gold, black gold and blue gold. No information – no up-to-date business, no society. It means that there will be no up-to-dateness without you, my friends!” stressed Rinat Akhmetov.

“Nowadays, the only possible business is a transparent business and the only healthy society is an open one. If there are no openness and transparency, there will be no effective politics or economic growth. The very openness and transparency are provided and secured by you. It is very hard and responsible destination,” concluded the VR deputy Akhmetov.

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Ukraine’s President predicts coalition deal soon

Posted by the Editor on June 6, 2006


News / 6 June 2006 | 15:42

Ukraine's President predicts coalition deal soon

Ukraine’s President predicts coalition deal soon

At today’s press conference in Kyiv, Victor Yushchenko predicted that ‘orange’ parties would clinch a deal on a coalition government within days. He urged all to be patient, President’s press office reported.

“The final stage of coalition negotiations is going on right now,” he said. The President added that “Ukraine has never witnessed such a political dialogue” but insisted that political rules “cannot be inconsistent with the Constitution.”

“Other mechanisms must not contradict laws and norms, including the January 1 constitutional changes. The Verkhovna Rada is responsible  for forming a coalition  in a prescribed term. I am convinced our government will be created by June 26 and even much earlier.”

When asked to comment on the text of a coalition agreement, the President characterized it as unprecedented.

“It does not have many declarations,” he admitted, adding that this 100-page agreement “will help tackle the most topical issues which disunite us.”

Then he said it outlined reforms in many areas.

“If we do not want to face challenges of the past, we must immediately introduce reforms,” he said.

Mr. Yushchenko believes it is vital to reform the legal system first: “The judicial concept we have now throws us far away from fair justice.”

He is also convinced Ukraine needs to actively fight corruption, “our problem number one.” There are many other important issues in the agreement.

“We have managed to compromise ideologically. There are few unsettled issues but they will be settled,” he promised.

The Head of State said he was scheduled to meet with the negotiators today. He  said they would probably need another stage of negotiations to choose prime minister.

“These negotiations must be held in accordance with poll results and the Constitution,” he said, assuring those present “the coalition is being formed so that Ukrainians should live better in one year.”

When speaking about his role in the process Victor Yushchenko said he was the Head of State but not one of the negotiators.

“Forming a coalition is a national challenge but not a prerogative of few parties,” he opined.

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Kazakh military delegation visits Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on June 6, 2006


News / 6 June 2006 | 15:25

Kazakh military delegation visits Ukraine

Kazakh military delegation visits Ukraine

Kazakh military delegation comes to Ukraine for purpose to examine training of peacekeeping units.

The delegation headed y Lieutenant Colonel Djakupov observes training equipment of Partnership for Peace Centre facilities located in Yavorivski training ground.

Kazakh military official pay key attention to the course of trainings for officers of the multinational HQs.

Ukrainian and Kazakh representatives plan to discuss wide range of the bilateral projects.

June 9, Kazakh delegation will depart for Kazakhstan.

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Yushchenko promises to support publishers

Posted by the Editor on June 6, 2006


News / 6 June 2006 | 15:14

Yushchenko promises to support publishers

Yushchenko promises to support publishers

At today’s press conference in Kyiv, Victor Yushchenko said Ukraine’s future government and coalition were going to support book publishers and develop language policies, President’s press office reported.

He added that our book publishers “unfortunately feel little support and lack motivation.” The President admitted that the state budget in 2005 and 2006 did not provide enough money to support the industry. He promised to help better finance book printing in 2007.

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President promises to hold NATO exercise in Crimea “lawfully”

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News / 6 June 2006 | 14:58


President promises to hold NATO exercise in Crimea “lawfully”

At today’s press conference in Kyiv, Victor Yushchenko said two military exercises in Crimea would be held lawfully.

“We will observe the national laws regulating such incidents,” he promised, President’s press office reported.

He said military exercises had been held in Ukraine since 1997 and thus characterized this year’s problem as an attempt to undermine Ukraine’s relations with other countries and NATO.

The Head of State reiterated that our society needed to discuss fundamentals of Ukraine’s defense and security concept to effectively and reliably ensure the country’s sovereignty. He said recent polls revealed that more than 50% of the citizens did not know much about the alliance and so needed additional information. He opined it was too early to “speculatively initiate” referendums to join NATO.

When speaking about Ukraine’s aspiration to become an authoritative European state, the President said: “When we speak about the value of the ‘single European house’ concept, we must also speak about the value of defense and security policies. We cannot believe in European values speaking about other defense options. I am convinced the single defense concept as a continuation of the ‘European house’ concept is the most effective model of Europe’s future.”

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Ukraine and Syria negotiate over cooperation issues

Posted by the Editor on June 6, 2006


News / 6 June 2006 | 14:22

Ukraine and Syria negotiate over cooperation issues

Ukraine and Syria negotiate over cooperation issues

Damask hosts the Ukrainian-Syrian business-forum.

In the course of the event, Syrian Finance Minister Mohammed Hussein proposed Ukraine to launch selling cement to Syria.

“We badly need to buy 1 million tons of cement. Ukraine may do (to sell – ed.) it, we are open to discuss it,” said Finance Minister Hussein. Syria is interested to buy Ukrainian cement because of its attractive price which is much more less than the world one. If Ukraine agrees on the proposal, a relevant contract will be signed as soon as possible.

The Syrian Minister also asked Ukraine for preferential export duties for Syrian agro industrial production. He stressed that he had initiated this question at the meeting with then PM Tymoshenko. He had been pledged to get the preferential regime but then nothing was given at all.

Minister Hussein emphasises that regarding negative balance of merchandise trade with Ukraine, the preferential duties is very important issue.

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Bloc “Crimea citizens for NATO” formed in Autonomy republic of Crimea

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News / 6 June 2006 | 13:59


Bloc “Crimea citizens for NATO” formed in Autonomy republic of Crimea

Representatives of nine parties and public organizations of Crimea decided to form a bloc of democratic forces “Crimean citizens for NATO” on the territory of the autonomy, as Oleh Fomushkin chairman of Crimean Ukrainian people’s party declared on the press conference in Simferopol.

According to Fomushkin, the cause of the idea to form such bloc was non-compliance with the agreement conditions between Ukraine and Russia as for bases of Russian Black Sea Fleet on the territory of Crimea.

“Russia deceives Ukraine and Crimea citizens underpaying for stationing of its fleet,” underlined Fomushkin. He also reported that the stay of RF BSF on the territory of Ukraine violates Constitution’s regulations as the fleet is a representative of other state.

“We should cooperate with a structure of democratic character, which does not violate the law,” considers the leader of Crimean Ukrainian people’s party.

At the same time he added that having chosen NATO representatives of the new bloc back not the stay of Alliance’s bases in Crimea, but Ukraine’s accession to NATO.  

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