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The State Property Fund of Ukraine to sell 1.74% of Kryvorizhstal shares

Posted by the Editor on December 22, 2005


News / 22 December 2005 | 17:44

The State Property Fund of Ukraine to sell 1.74% of Kryvorizhstal shares

The State Property Fund of Ukraine to sell 1.74% of Kryvorizhstal shares

The question on sale of the rest 1.74% of Kryvorizhstal shares will be considered in February, 2006, the Chairman of the Fund Valentyna Semenyuk told.

According to her, the decision to wait till the next year was made after the brilliant auction. The rest of the shares (1.74%) is planned to sell by $13.586.014.

As a reminder, the State Property Fund passed the resolution of August 2, 2005. It terminated the privatization of the rest shares of Kryvorizhstal Steel Plant.

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Today Kinakh departs for Russia

Posted by the Editor on December 22, 2005


News / 22 December 2005 | 17:25

Today Kinakh departs for Russia

Today Kinakh departs for Russia

Anatoly Kinakh, Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, will pay an official visit to Russia December 22-23. He is scheduled to meet with his colleague Igor Ivanov, members of Russian government and representatives of Russian business.

As NSDC press office reported, Kinakh and Ivanov are to discuss the activity of Intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation under the chairmanship of Presidents of Ukraine and Russia, Yushchenko and Putin, the action plan of Ukraine-Russia for 2006 in order to create conditions for intensification of bilateral cooperation in all directions of economic collaboration.

The side are also planned to discuss a cooperation plan on strengthening of coordination of actions of NSDC of Ukraine and Security Council of Russia, cooperation of both departments in settlement of Transdniestrian conflict.

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Russian Black Sea Fleet owns some facilities unlawfully

Posted by the Editor on December 22, 2005


News / 22 December 2005 | 17:05

Russian Black Sea Fleet owns some facilities unlawfully

Russian Black Sea Fleet owns some facilities unlawfully

Ukraine has claimed that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is unlawfully holding some of its facilities, a senior Ukrainian diplomat said Thursday, RIA Novosty reports.

Leonid Osavolyuk, Ukraine’s acting charge d’affaires in Russia, said the Ukrainian side had failed to take full inventory of the facilities owned by the Black Sea Fleet. “The Russian Black Sea Fleet owns some facilities unlawfully, and we demand the return of these facilities,” he said.

According to the diplomat, Ukraine has repeatedly raised the issue of holding the fleet to the terms of a 1997 agreement that was signed between the two countries.

“Ukraine is not initiating early termination of the agreement on the Black Sea Fleet,” he said. “At the same time, we want this agreement to be strictly observed by both parties and the terms of the fleet’s stay to comply with Ukrainian legislation.”

Meanwhile, the diplomat said that cooperation with Russia was a major aim of Ukrainian foreign policy.

He added that bilateral economic cooperation was developing quite dynamically and bilateral trade was expected to total $20 billion in 2005.

But relations between the two countries remain tense over the issues of gas supplies, the lease terms for the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, and border cooperation.

The commander of the Russian Navy has said that the terms of the Black Sea Fleet’s lease in Sevastopol were not subject to review. Admiral Vladimir Masorin said, “The terms of the Black Sea Fleet’s stay in Sevastopol and the Crimea are clearly defined in the 1997 basic agreement between Russia and Ukraine and are not subject to review.”

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Ukraine ad Poland watch for the accomplishment of Agreement on Trust and Safety

Posted by the Editor on December 22, 2005


News / 22 December 2005 | 16:47

Ukraine ad Poland watch for the accomplishment of Agreement on Trust and Safety

Ukraine ad Poland watch for the accomplishment of Agreement on Trust and Safety

Kyiv hosts experts’ working meeting being charged with estimation how the Agreement between the Cabinet of Ukraine and the government of Poland on additional measures to strengthen trust and safety.

Ukrainian delegation is headed by Major-General Ihor Fedotov, and Colonel Veslav Korchmarski heads Polish delegation.

The experts discuss the current situation and the recommendations to the Agreement. According to it, the representatives of the verification parts may make a visit to estimate the information (one time for each part) and inspect the military objects located in border (100-120 km) one.

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Ukraine will not buy Russian gas at overcharge

Posted by the Editor on December 22, 2005


News / 22 December 2005 | 16:30

Ukraine will not buy Russian gas at overcharge

Ukraine will not buy Russian gas at overcharge

Russia can not set European prices upon natural gas for Ukraine, as these prices count transportation expenses, including territory of Ukraine.

“Ukraine will never pay the same price as Europe does, because it is necessary to count transit expanses. Everyone should understand this,” declared Ivan Diyak, the President aid, during today’s round table “Ways of ensuring energy independence of Ukraine.”

One of the participants of the round table – Mykola Horcharuk, head of oil and gas resources Department of Naftogaz Ukrainy – noted that the prime cost of natural gas production from gas well in Russia makes about 12$ for 1000 c.m.

“We know that at the border with Ukraine Russian gas costs 55 dollars for 1000 c.m. maximum, while in Slovakia the gas is sold at 190 dollars,” pointed out Honcharuk.

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Moroz: Political reform won’t make a Queen of England of Yushchenko

Posted by the Editor on December 22, 2005


News / 22 December 2005 | 15:33

Political reform won't make a Queen of England of Yushchenko

Moroz: Political reform won’t make a Queen of England of Yushchenko

The introduction of the political reform “will become a difficult process” due to adaptation of citizens, as well as political parties, to this system, as declared Olexander Moroz, leader of Socialistic Party of Ukraine, in an interview to journalists.

“It is a new system. It is a democratic model, and we never had democracy and legal system. Laws of the Constitution have never worked in Ukraine,” said Moroz and added that the political reform is a process, which can not be held painlessly, “but we must to pass this way.”

In response to journalists’ question whether he agree with that President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko will become a “Queen of England” after effectiveness of the political reform, the parliamentarian said: “No way. The President will have the largest plenary powers in comparison with other Presidents of European countries.”

Moroz explained that the political reform would give the President more power for dissolution of Parliament and imposition of veto on Acts, adopted by Rada.

According to Moroz, the Head of State would remain strong political figure, but “would free himself from some functions, not characteristic of the President.”

Moroz is certain that the political reform will new democratic principles of the authority formation. “It can not be considered normal that the authority is formed and regions’ heads are appointed according to a President’s likings, but not according to people’s support and likings,” declared the deputy.

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Ukraine Will Never Apprehend Blackmail and Pressure

Posted by the Editor on December 22, 2005


News / 22 December 2005 | 14:50

Ukraine Will Never Apprehend Blackmail and Pressure

Ukraine Will Never Apprehend Blackmail and Pressure

Ukraine confirms its aspiration to develop friendly ties with Russia, though it will never apprehend any blackmail or pressure, as claimed Borys Tarasyuk at a press conference on the results of the year 2005, UNIAN reports.

In particular, he said: “We confirm our aspiration to develop friendly, partner, and neighbor relations with Russia, but we will never apprehend any blackmail and pressure, which, most probably, just remind of desperate attempts to self-affirm rather than to conduct a policy of a serious international player”.

The Minister stressed he regrets that the line of confrontation, which is traced in the actions and statements of some Russian politicians, narrows the opportunities for a normal dialog between the two countries. He added that those saying about an excessive dependence of Ukraine are not right. “One should bear in mind that Ukraine depends on Russia to the same extent as Russia depends on Ukraine”, stressed he.

B.Tarasyuk noted he has no doubt that the gas problem between Ukraine and Russia will be solved in the nearest future. “The matter is, obviously, not the figures and amounts, which, in particular, cannot be either clearly explained or argued, but the matter is the approaches, shown by our partners”, said he.

The Minister pointed out that there are difficulties in the relations of Ukraine and Russia, but he would not dramatize them or treat them too thoughtlessly.

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“GDP rate of growth will be lower that it was planned”

Posted by the Editor on December 22, 2005


News / 22 December 2005 | 14:40

“GDP rate of growth will be lower that it was planned”

The rate of growth of gross domestic product will be 4-5.5% instead of 7% which were planned by the State Budget, the Vice-President of National Bank of Ukraine Valery Alyoshin.

“We lack resources to show another indexes,” said Alyoshin.

Many factors will influence on GDP rate of growth as follows: increase price on fuel will hamper the economy growth; the deficit of investment; financial structures will wait till the elections and complete formation of the parliament; the re -privatization liberation; the investment must be protected by the legislation.

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