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President opened puppet theatre

Posted by the Editor on December 19, 2005


News / 19 December 2005 | 17:56

President opened puppet theatre

President opened puppet theatre

Victor Yushchenko took part in a ceremony to open a new building of the Kyiv Puppet Theatre, the President’s press office reported.

Having noted that it was symbolically being held on St. Nicholas Day, he thanked all involved in this project: “I would like to congratulate the kids and all adults who contributed to this festivity – you did a great job that would make posterity happy. Our children and grandchildren will live in this world, and that’s wonderful.”

The President said this day was really historic because “theatres have rarely been opened in Kyiv in the past decades.”

“Today, we see the fruits of labor of builders, artists and architects,” he stressed, reminding those present that the puppet theatre had been performing even without its own premise.

The Head of State gave a symbolic golden key to Theatre Director Mykola Petreneko, and together with the Kyiv Mayor cut the ribbon in front of the central entrance.

Then Yushchenko took part in a ceremony to consecrate the building.

Humanitarian Premier Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Culture and Tourism Minister Ihor Likhovy, First Deputy Secretariat Chief-of-Staff Ivan Vasyunyk, Kyiv Mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko, and Kyiv Patriarch Philareth attended the ceremony.

*Ukraine’s oldest puppet theatre, it was established on October 27, 1927. In 2007, the theatre will celebrate its eightieth anniversary. On its initiative, international festivals of puppet theatres have been conducted in Kyiv since 1991,hosting leading theatres from Belgium, Austria, Canada, Slovakia, Finland, Japan, China, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Bulgaria, Turkey and other countries.

The Kyiv Puppet Theatre represented Ukraine at prestigious international forums and festivals in Austria, the United States of America, Peru, Canada, Slovakia, Japan, South Korea, Poland, Belgium, Belarus, and Russia.

In 1995, it was awarded the Druzhba International Prize. Having staged more than forty national and foreign plays, the theatre has not had its premise since 1987.

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Yanukovich realizes past mistakes

Posted by the Editor on December 19, 2005


News / 19 December 2005 | 17:55

Yanukovich realizes past mistakes

Yanukovich realizes past mistakes

On today’s press conference Victor Yanukovich, leader of Party of Regions, declared he realized that he and his followers had made mistakes during the past presidential campaign.

“We did not manage to persuade the Ukrainian people that populists and interests-society were striving for power,” pointed out Yanukovich.

During today’s meeting the political Council of Party of Regions has decided to start propaganda campaign. According to the party leader, the approved program of the party “will become a platform for our tellers.” Yanukovich also noted that the program is a collective document, which provides for strategy of Ukraine’s development for five years.

Yanukovich pointed out that “beginning from April 2006 we will take power in hand and establish order in the country.” Leader of Party of Regions is certain that “the orange team” will suffer shattering defeat. According to him, Party of Regions stands a better chance to form a coalition with other political forces than “the orange team” does.

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Ukraine and Russia remain on the same positions in the gas dispute

Posted by the Editor on December 19, 2005


News / 19 December 2005 | 17:45

Ukraine and Russia remain on the same positions in the gas dispute

Ukraine and Russia remain on the same positions in the gas dispute

Russian and Ukraine Premiers could not reach the agreement on Russian gas supply to Ukraine, the reliable source of Russian delegation in negations told.

“The agreement has not been reached. The parts have not yet stated their approaches. Ukraine has got more comprehension regarding the necessity of switching to the market prices both for the transit and for the gas supply,” said the reliable source adding that “they (Ukraine) have not already argued but still do not comprehend that it must be done immediately.”

According to the information, the definite gas price was not discussed in the negotiations at all. “It is the theme of discussion between business people. They have the methods of price formation so, only they can discuss it,” stressed the source.

Gazprom and Naftogaz continue negotiating on the gas price.

Russian President Special Representative on Development Relationship with the EU Sergey Yastrzhembsky said in the press conference in Moscow that European Union may play more active role because it was Union’s initiative to grant market economy status to Ukraine.

He also mentions that the EU pays higher attention to Moscow-Kyiv gas dispute, but it will not meddle in it.

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Mykola Odaynyk: The agrarian sector needs a new budget

Posted by the Editor on December 19, 2005


News / 19 December 2005 | 17:00

The agrarian sector needs a new budget

Mykola Odaynyk: The agrarian sector needs a new budget

“The draft budget for 2006 is pretty well-balanced in all directions, including the agrarian sector of economy,” said Mykola Odaynyk, member of NSNU party Council.

“There were numerous political speculations around the agrarian sector during the long discussion of the budget draft. Certain groups and factions demanded more money for village. The main demands of MPs were reflected in the document. But some political forces continue to insist on new demands, though they know well that there is no money for that. By the way, it is worth mentioning that the draft budget 2006 allocates so much money to the agrarian sector as three previous governments never did,” MP noted.

“The agrarian sector is waiting for a new budget. If the draft is not adopted, it is a political reason,” said Mykola Odaynyk.

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Negotiations between Mikhail Fradkov and Yuri Yekhanurov are held in closed mode

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News / 19 December 2005 | 16:30

Negotiations between Mikhail Fradkov and Yuri Yekhanurov are held in closed mode

Negotiations between Mikhail Fradkov and Yuri Yekhanurov are held in closed mode

Negotiations between Ukrainian and Russian governmental delegations have started in Moscow. After a short protocol meeting, attended by the mass media, the negotiations shifted to a “closed mode” and the journalists were told no press conference would follow.
 
The Ukrainian delegation, headed by Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov, is staffed by Economy Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, Chairman of the national joint-stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy Oleksiy Ivchenko and Fuel and Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov. The Russian delegation is represented by Premier Mikhail Fradkov and Minister for Industry and Energy Viktor Khristenko.

As Russian PM noted at the beginning, he was constantly in touch with Yuri Yekhanurov via telephone and said he hopes to settle all issues during the personal meeting. He aired his hope that the Moscow negotiations would positively influence the conflict.

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Ukraine to finance oil and gas extraction in Libya

Posted by the Editor on December 19, 2005


News / 19 December 2005 | 15:55

Ukraine to finance oil and gas extraction in Libya

Ukraine to finance oil and gas extraction in Libya

Ukraine intends to invest heavily in oil and gas extraction in Libya, as declared Borys Tarasyuk, Foreign minister of Ukraine, after the meeting with Abdurrahman Shelgam, Foreign Minister of Libya.

“According to preliminary estimates, Ukrainian investments in oil and gas extraction will make about two-three million dollars,” declared Tarasyuk.

Ukrainian Minister reported that they were discussing the contract between Naftogaz Ukrainy and National Oil Corporation of Libya concerning exploring and division of production, according to which Ukraine would be able to extract oil and gas fields on the territory of Libya.

Tarasyuk reminded that the contract had been signed in October 2004. According to the Minister, Ukrainian companies will be ready to start working after Libya government has ratified the contract.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister pointed out that the project is very promising and that its payback is rather high.

Tarasyuk also informed that Ukraine is interested in investing of development of infrastructure and house-building in Libya. Libya, in its turn, is interested to invest in development of hotel business in Crimea.

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Iraq considers profitable oil cooperation with Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on December 19, 2005


News / 19 December 2005 | 15:45

Iraq considers profitable oil cooperation with Ukraine

Iraq considers profitable oil cooperation with Ukraine

Having met USPP Vice-President Serhiy Prokhorov, Iraqi Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Hamid Al Bayati stated that economic cooperation with Ukraine may be very profitable in the oil field, the Industrials and Entrepreneurs Union of Ukraine (USPP) press service told.

Serhiy Prokhorov in turns mentioned that one of the USPP targets is promotion of mutually profitable ties between Ukraine and Iraq the sphere of commerce and economy. He on behalf of Ukraine highly appreciated Iraqi assistance in the aircraft construction, chemical and pharmaceutical spheres, and the oil and gas industrial complex. He also mentioned the interest of Ukrainian energy saving companies in Iraqi market.

Al Bayati stressed that Iraq needs the help of friendly countries such as Ukraine is. Only Iraqi oil income may finance the development and reconstruction of the country. But the damage caused by the war made Iraq spend $100 million monthly on the oil import form different regions and the countries. Iraq needs to build 10-15 oil refinery plants. For that purpose bilateral cooperation may provide a benefit for both Iraq and Ukraine, Al Bayati concluded.

Ukrainian Aviation Transport Company, AvtoKrAZ Kyiv representative office and Farmak Open Joint Stock Company confirmed their interest in the improvement of the cooperation.

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Gazprom is ready to buy 50% of gas-transport system of Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on December 19, 2005


News / 19 December 2005 | 15:05

Gazprom is ready to buy 50% of gas-transport system of Ukraine

Gazprom is ready to buy 50% of gas-transport system of Ukraine

Alexander Medvedev, vice president of Gazprom, declared in the air of “Russia” TV Channel that Gazprom is ready to purchase 50% of gas-transport system of Ukraine at the market price.

According to him, Ukrainian side “could pass 50% of gas-transport system to Gazprom at market estimate, keeping another 50% for itself.”

“We do not ask to pass it at a cut price or free, we offer downright market approach,” pointed out Medvedev.

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