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Fradkov: Ukraine and Russia must sign gas transit agreement urgently

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News / 7 December 2005 | 18:30

Ukraine and Russia must sign gas transit agreement urgently

Fradkov: Ukraine and Russia must sign gas transit agreement urgently

“I suppose European Communities Commission is capable to find necessary additional arguments for our Ukrainian partners not to violate the balance of economic interests and to provide Europe with free access to gas,” stressed PM of Russia Mikhail Fradkov.

He added that Russia gets used to carry out its obligations.

According to his words, this topic was discussed in today negotiations with Naftogaz delegation. “European interests consist of easy gas transit through Ukraine,” mentioned Fradkov.

ForUm

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Online-conference with Great Britain Ambassador to Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on December 7, 2005


News / 7 December 2005 | 18:10

Online-conference with Great Britain Ambassador to Ukraine

Online-conference with Great Britain Ambassador to Ukraine

Today Robert Brinkley, the British Ambassador to Ukraine, took part inForUm’s online-conference.

Here are his several interesting standpoints concerning Ukraine:

Stesh

Mister Robert,
What does the most harm to Ukraine’s image in the world?
Thank you.

R.B.

Corruption does the biggest harm to Ukraine’s reputation in the world. This is reflected in regular reports by Transparency International, though Ukraine’s rating has improved in their latest list.

Widespread corruption is the main reason why Ukraine attracts less foreign investment than other neighbouring countries. So resolute action to fight corruption is an important national interest.

It will harm some Ukrainians, who abuse their position for their personal gain, but with time the Ukrainian people as a whole will gain.

Andriy

Dear Ambassador!
Do you trace essential changes in the sphere of migration of Ukrainian citizens to UK?
Thank you.

R.B.

The main trends that we observe in the migration sphere are a steady increase in numbers of visa applications and a reduction to very small numbers of Ukrainians seeking asylum in Britain.

Unfortunately, there are still some Ukrainians who take up work in Britain without work permits or overstay their visas. Illegal workers should be aware that they have no protection from exploitation by unscrupulous employers. By the way, 85% of Ukrainianswho apply for a visa, receive it.

Maxim
Dear Mr. Robert,
Please, comment on the main difference between our (Ukrainian) politics and the one of Great Britain.

R.B.

The main difference between Ukrainian and British politics is that Ukraine is only 14 years old. The system of political parties in Ukraine is still young and mostly based on personalities, rather than political programmes. But my impression is that the political situation is developing with every election.

Another difference between the countries is that in Ukraine, holders of public office cannot be members of parliament. In Britain the largest party in Parliament forms the government and ministers remain members of Parliament.

ForUm

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Ukraine and Russia discussed cooperation between two countries

Posted by the Editor on December 7, 2005


News / 7 December 2005 | 17:31

Ukraine and Russia discussed cooperation between two countries

Ukraine and Russia discussed cooperation between two countries

Vladimir Putin, President of Russian Federation, has shown invariably positive spirit to development of cooperation with Ukraine and its government, as declared Volodimir Lytvyn, the Verkhovna Rada Speaker, on today’s press conference in Moscow.

Commenting on his meeting with Russian President, Lytvyn informed that Vladimir Putin was very interested in political and economic situation in Ukraine, as well as in political shares on the eve and after the parliamentary elections.

They also shared their views concerning further development of cooperation between the countries.

Additionally, Victor Yushchenko also spoke today with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In their telephone conversation, the sides discussed international and economic issues. They considered ways to develop new economic relations between the two countries.

The Presidents also discussed means to transit Russian gas to Europe and to import it to Ukraine. Then Yushchenko and Putin spoke about mutually beneficial ways to liberalize tariffs and customs regulations. They agreed that all propositions would be soon considered by the governments.

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Rice advises Ukraine to follow South Korea example?

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News / 7 December 2005 | 17:20

Rice advises Ukraine to follow South Korea example?

Rice advises Ukraine to follow South Korea example?

To catch up with the USA in the sphere of economic development Ukraine should take care of economic growth assistance policy instead of heading for fixed standards, as declared Condoleezza Rice in an interview with Ukrainian students in Kyiv.

“I think such policy will be introduced, and you will be puzzled by the fast economic growth of Ukraine,” declared U.S. State Secretary.

She noted that the countries, which are considerably smaller than Ukraine, but play considerable role, could serve as an example to Ukraine in this question. Condoleezza Rice cited South Korea as an example, which, according to Rice, holds the tenth place on rates of economic growth.

“If there is rational economic policy, Ukraine, perhaps, will be able to develop and will find its place in the global economy,” considers U.S. State Secretary. She pointed out that private investors should be given an opportunity to stimulate the economic development.

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Walid Harfouch: “The arson of my car was ordered by the President’s Adviser”

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News / 7 December 2005 | 16:49

Walid Harfouch: “The arson of my car was ordered by the President’s Adviser”

Paparazzi magazine publisher Walid Harfouch in the exclusive interview to forUm called who had ordered and executed the arson of his Bentley. The interview was given on December 2 in order to protect Walid Harfouch from possible consequences of publishing the documental evidences against the President’s close circle. “Most likely some high authorities have got to know that we have all information concerning the case. I want this information will be posted before the official publication” commented Harfouch.

WH – During our investigation carried out independently from Ukrainian authorities, we have found out the name of real client of the arson and the names of direct executors of it. The President’s Adviser on Investment Affairs Joseph Harris ordering the arson acted in accordance with Andriy Yushchenko’s request. According to our information, the crime was committed by three Russian citizens and two Ukrainians. I will get their names in the nearest time.

– Some politicians and experts prefer to state that you did the arson by yourself purposing your aim to push up sales of the magazine…

WH – The first time such version was sounded from President’s Press Secretary Iryna Herashchenko’s lips on October 2 (the next day after Bentley’s arson). As far I know it is the official investigation considers the same version as Herashchenko did. There is the great probability that the organizers involved the house guard who was on duty that day. I suspect the law enforcement agencies to accuse him of the crime in order to find a way out.

– Why did Andriy Yushchenko ask Harris to help him?

WH – Yushchenko has the very close ties with Harris. We are familiar by hearsay with Andriy’s mysterious friend who let him drive his car and so on. So, Harris is the very friend. Moreover he helps not only Andriy but the rest of the Yushchenkos. He paid for the plane which brought Kateryna Yushchenko from the USA back to Ukraine. The very Harris became the middleman of $8-million financial aid given by Kaddaffi for Orange Revolution. Some people perfectly know the purposes of Zinchenko’s visit to Libya right after Yushchenko’s victory. He went there in order to thank Kaddaffi personally.

Harris sponsored the meeting of Gerard Depardieu with President Yushchenko in Kyiv. A day or two ago, my brother Omar has told Depardieu about our suspicions regarding Harris.

In the main Harris is the family cashier. He is need when someone must pay or be paid. By the way, according our information Andriy Yushchenko is to get his own office in the territory of adviser Harris’ office.

– Do you think Victor Yushchenko knows that Harris involved in the arson?

WH – I think, he does know. During his recent visit to France, in response to Omar’s question the President said he would take my case under his own control and offered to provide me with guard. He also said the very important thing “we need to know who turned off the cameras of two embassies.” To find it out is really necessary because two cameras – Iranian and EU Embassies – were turned off at the time of attack. I should say it was really hard to do.

Besides, we have reliable information that having come back to Kyiv Victor Yushchenko gave strict order to leave me alone. And we have recently had a clue why he did it. According to our information, Bentley’s arson was only the first step. Another aggression was planned directly against me. However, the President’s order has come in handy.

– What are you going to do?

WH – We are going to bring an action against Harris and Andriy Yushchenko in France and Switzerland and address to the Committee to Fight Terrorism. We want the interrogation warrant of Yushchenko and Harris to be valid over Schengen. There are concrete persons who may be interrogated. There are witnesses who will not refuse to give evidences.

– Why do not you bring an action to Ukrainian court?

WH – After all we have seen we do not trust in Ukrainian justice.

ForUm

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The USA thanks Ukraine for peacemakers in Iraq

Posted by the Editor on December 7, 2005


News / 7 December 2005 | 15:40

The USA thanks Ukraine for peacemakers in Iraq

The USA thanks Ukraine for peacemakers in Iraq

The United States appreciates the participation of Ukrainian military men in the peacemaking mission in Iraq, as declared Condoleezza Rice in an interview with Ukrainian students in Kyiv.

She noted that Ukrainian troops had arrived in Iraq at the very moment, when Iraq needed help. Iraq did not have its own government and U.S. government was engaged in training of Iraqi security forces.

At the same time, U.S. State Secretary mentioned that later Ukraine decided to train Iraqi military men in order to enable Iraqis to prepare their Armed Forces by themselves.

“It does not influence the American-Ukrainian relations negatively, and we appreciate Ukraine’s contribution to development of democracy and stability in Iraq,” said Rice, ForUm’s correspondent informed.

Besides, according to Condoleezza Rice, U.S. government respects Ukraine’s decision to withdraw peacemakers from Iraq.

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President hopes for this year’s joining the WTO

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News / 7 December 2005 | 14:57

President hopes for this year's joining the WTO

President hopes for this year’s joining the WTO

At a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Victor Yushchenko said he expected participants of the WTO summit in Hong Kong to accept Ukraine as a new member, the President’s press office reported.

However, in an interview with reporters he said that Ukraine “needs some time, at least until the parliamentary elections, to answer all questions about WTO membership which have not been answered yet.”

The President said Ukraine should still sign bilateral protocols with 8-9 countries to observe all procedures. He noted that it was particularly important to sign such protocols with the United States and Australia and added that he hoped they would be signed.

“I believe that the things we offer will make America and Australia accept our propositions,” he said.

Yushchenko reiterated that Ukraine had adopted “85% of tariff regulations stipulated by WTO documents.”

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The Cabinet of Ukraine considers the State Budget-2006

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News / 7 December 2005 | 13:38

The Cabinet of Ukraine

The Cabinet of Ukraine considers the State Budget-2006

Today the Cabinet’s session is dedicated to consideration of 57 items. The Budget is the most urgent and pressing one.

Ukraine’s PM Yuryi Yekhanurov urged the ministers to analyse the accomplishment of strategic tasks having been posed in the spring. He also stressed the necessity to sum up the results of revision done by the observation commission on the joint stock companies in the nearest future.

Yekhanurov reminded that the State Committee on Stock Market Securities must dot the theme of duel registration of the company by different executive bodies and tax administrations. “If you are not capable to put an end to this situation we will attach the General Office of Public Prosecutor,” said Ukraine’s PM.

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