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Ukraine, Russia still on gas price talks

Posted by the Editor on April 19, 2010


News / 19 April 2010 | 17:35

Ukraine, Russia still on gas price talks

Ukraine, Russia still on gas price talks

Ukraine’s Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Boiko and NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine CEO Yevhen Bakulin are holding meetings in Moscow at the central office of JSC Gazprom, according to UKRINFORM.

As Gazprom’s press office said, Boiko and Bakulin met Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller. “The meeting participants further considered the parties’ cooperation in the framework of long-term contracts for gas supply and transit. In particular, they discussed issues related to the price parameters of the contract of sale of Russian gas,” Gazprom confirmed.

As UKRINFORM reported, Ukraine currently buys gas at an average price of USD 337 per 1,000 cubic meters. In the first quarter it was USD 305, and in the second quarter the price increased to USD 330.

To reduce the price Naftogaz of Ukraine agreed to increase the purchases of gas in Russia in 2010 from 27 billion to 36.5 billion cubic meters.

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MFA predicts breakthrough in Ukraine-EU relations soon

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News / 19 April 2010 | 14:49

MFA predicts breakthrough in Ukraine-EU relations soon

MFA predicts breakthrough in Ukraine-EU relations soon

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryschenko expressed confidence of a breakthrough in Ukraine’s relations with the European Union in the nearest future.

“When exactly it happens depends on our efforts. It may be even half a year. We hope for that, particularly, in the context of our talks on association, free trade zone, visa facilitation and abolition in the perspective,” he said at a TV talk show, according to UKRINFORM.

The breakthrough depends on reforms in Ukraine, the minister emphasized, adding committees in charge of developing transformation programs had been set up at the Presidential Administration and the Government. “Rapprochement with the EU and conduct of large-scale reforms are parallel processes that must be united,” he underscored.

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Ukraine could save $3bln a year from new gas deal with Russia – media

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News / 19 April 2010 | 12:52

Ukraine could save $3bln a year from new gas deal with Russia - media

Ukraine could save $3bln a year from new gas deal with Russia – media

Ukraine could save over $3 billion annually from a new gas deal agreed between the two ex-Soviet republics, a business paper reported on Monday, according to RIA Novosti.

Russia has agreed on lower natural gas prices for Ukraine following a proposal from Ukraine’s new leader Viktor Yanukovych. The details of the agreement have not been disclosed, Vedomosti reported.

Ukraine requested Russia to lower the gas price to $250 or at least $260 per 1,000 cu m. The ex-Soviet republic currently purchases Russian natural gas at the average annual price of $337 per 1,000 cu m.

The gas price equaled $305 per 1,000 cu m, in the first quarter and increased to $330 per 1,000 cu m in the second quarter, Vedomosti said, referring to ITAR-TASS news agency.

Naftogaz of Ukraine, the country’s national energy company, which sells Russia natural gas to Ukrainian consumers, agreed to increase gas purchases in Russia from 27 to 36.5 billion cu m in 2010 to lower gas prices. If the gas price remains at $250 per 1,000 cu m, Ukraine will be able to save more than $3 billion, the paper said.

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President pays tribute to Kaczynski presidential couple

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News / 19 April 2010 | 11:04

President pays tribute to Kaczynski presidential couple

President pays tribute to Kaczynski presidential couple

Together with leaders of other states President Viktor Yanukovych took part in the official funeral mass for President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, held in the Polish city of Krakow.

Yanukovych attended a mass at St. Mary’s Basilica. In the VIP sector the President of Ukraine was sitting with the Presidents of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite and Russia Dmitry Medvedev.

On behalf of Ukrainian people President Yanukovych expressed condolences to relatives and friends of Lech and Maria Kaczynski, Polish leadership and all the Poles.

“This is a great loss. In these difficult days we mourn together with the Polish people”, said Viktor Yanukovych.

The President also stressed that Ukraine has always been and will remain a reliable partner for Poland.

According to Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine will remember Lech Kaczynski as a statesman who opened a qualitatively new phase in relations between the two countries.

The Polish President and his wife were buried at the Wawel Castle in Krakow. The 21-gun salute was fired in their honor.

In Krakow the flags are flying at half-mast decorated with black mourning ribbons. State flags in temporary residences of the foreign delegations’ heads who arrived at the farewell ceremony with the Polish President are also flying at half-mast.

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Yulia Tymoshenko: real generals don’t leave the battlefield

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Analytics / 19 April 2010 | 12:51

Yulia Tymoshenko: real generals don't leave the battlefield

Yulia Tymoshenko: real generals don’t leave the battlefield

Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the united democratic opposition, believes the 2012 parliamentary elections will give Ukraine a chance for rebirth.

“I think the Lord left Ukraine a chance in 2012, when the next parliamentary elections will be held, to change everything that people don’t like about their country. And the country now has a chance to understand who Yanukovych really is and who from among the opposition politicians is sincere. This offers a chance to revive the country with an absolute victory in the parliamentary elections, so that an honest majority is formed,” Yulia Tymoshenko said in an interview with the magazine Korrespondent, Tymoshenko’s official website reported.

Yulia Tymoshenko added that she has no plans to sit back and relax. “No real general leaves the battlefield. We don’t just have a battlefield, we have an emergency room responsible for the life of 46 million Ukrainians, and this emergency room can’t be left without professional help.”

“I will never do this. There is no such weakness even in the depth of my soul,” she said.

Ukraine now has a chance to understand who Viktor Yanukovych really is, believes Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the united democratic opposition.

“Right now I wonder if I had won the election, where would be the guarantee that after the first few months of establishing order in this country (I had my mind set on this) that an anti-presidential majority wouldn’t have been created instantly in parliament to counter these changes,” Yulia Tymoshenko told Korrespondent.

In her opinion, the new government doesn’t need changes. “They don’t live by honest rules because they cause them to wither and die. They don’t need a European country, because in a European country politicians must be honest people. But in their minds, what’s the sense of power then,” said the opposition leader.

This is why Yulia Tymoshenko believes that the same government headed by Mykola Azarov could have appeared “and then we could have said goodbye to Ukraine’s chances of becoming a democratic country.”

“The goal of my life is to see a beautiful Ukraine. To betray this goal for me is equivalent to suicide,” Yulia Tymoshenko said in an interview.

According to the opposition leader, she dreams that the country will start to be reborn.

“I want everyone to do their job – for honest politicians to revive the country, for journalists to not allow lawlessness to take hold, for citizens, having received adequate information, to defend their country and make the right choice in 2012. And everything will fall into place. And what was unfortunately ruined after the Orange Revolution will happen – the soul of the people will wake up again,” she said.

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