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Khistenko: Russia has made the last proposition

Posted by the Editor on December 27, 2005


News / 27 December 2005 | 19:00

Russia has made the last proposition

Khistenko: Russia has made the last proposition

Russian Federation proposed gas at the price of $220-230 for 1000 c.m. and would not make any other price propositions, as declared Victor Khristenko, head of Russian Ministry of industrial energy.

“Russia submitted its propositions and delivered drafts of agreement s and contracts. There will be no other propositions,” said Khristenko to journalists Tuesday.

Russian Minister called Ukrainian side to “follow strictly the negotiation process.”

In response to the question whether Russia will cut off gas January 1, Khristenko said “January 1 will come in any case, and Russian gas corporation will follow its rights and contracts, existing for the moment.”

“There will be no illegal action from Russia’s and Russian companies’ side,” assured the Minister.

Khristenko also refuted Kyiv’s declarations about Moscow’s readiness to pass to stage-by-stage switch to the market relation in the gas sphere, RIA Novosty informed.

“Declared statements concerning readiness of Russian side to pass to stage-by-stage switch to the market relation in the gas sphere are contrary to fact,” said Khristenko to journalists.

According to him, he is puzzled by Ukraine’s declaration about “extraction” of 15% of Russian gas for payment of gas transit via territory of Ukraine.

“Referring to the whole history of our gas relations I can’t even remember such topic. Percents are out of the question,” pointed out the Minister.

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Energy Minister of Ukraine:”Ukraine is ready to pay $80 for Russian gas”

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News / 27 December 2005 | 17:09

Energy Minister of Ukraine:”Ukraine is ready to pay $80 for Russian gas”

Ukraine is ready to pay $80 per 1,000 cubic metres of Russian gas and to get $1.75 for the transit, Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov told.

Taking the floor in the round-table discussion on energy problems, Minister Plachkov mentioned that the scheme of switch to the market relations between Naftogaz and Gazprom must be elaborated in the first quarter of the next year. This process must be completed before 2009, Defence Minister Plachkov.

The gas transport system of Ukraine is not ready now for the market relations because the gas metres are set only on the Ukraine-Europe section of the pipeline and there are not any metres on Ukraine-Russian frontier.

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Russian Black Sea Fleet stops practicing sublease

Posted by the Editor on December 27, 2005


News / 27 December 2005 | 16:37

Russian Black Sea Fleet stops practicing sublease

Russian Black Sea Fleet stops practicing sublease

Russian Black Sea Command has made an official statement on discontinuance of sublease of some objects in the territory of Ukraine.

Previously Russian Black Sea practised sublease of some objects in the territory of the base for development of non-manufacturing business. It gave annually $600,000 of taxes to Sevastopol budget and 1,500 working places for the citizens of Ukraine.

However, it was not backed by Ukrainian authorities. Ukraine started striking unsound claims which accused Russia of violation of the agreements.

As a reminder, the base agreements on the Black Sea Fleet provide for Russian $97 million paid annually. According to the agreement of 1997, Ukrainian debt for Russian energy carriers ($3.74 milliard) was set off by this sum.

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President presides over energy meeting

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News / 27 December 2005 | 16:10

President presides over energy meeting

President presides over energy meeting

Victor Yushchenko presided over a meeting to formulate ways to solve energy problems, the President’s press office reported.

Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov, NSDCU Secretary Anatoly Kinakh, Naftogaz Chairman Oleksiy Ivchenko, First Deputy Secretariat Chief-of-Staff Ivan Vasyunyk, and Deputy Secretariat Chief-of-Staff Anatoly Matviyenko were present at the meeting.

Plachkov informed those present of recent Ukrainian-Turkmen gas talks. He claimed that they were quite constructive and would help reach a new level in bilateral energy relations between the two countries.

Then they discussed Ukraine’s arguments at complicated gas negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. The participants of the meeting also considered practical means to gradually change the terms of gas transit and delivery and agreed it was necessary to introduce new approaches to the use of gas depots in Ukraine and to diversify energy sources.

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Ukraine and Russia may negotiate on the rent of the radar system

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News / 27 December 2005 | 15:27

Ukraine and Russia may negotiate on the rent of the radar system

Ukraine and Russia may negotiate on the rent of the radar system

Defence Minister of Russia Sergey Ivanov reckons that the sum of the rent for the radar systems in Mukachevo and Sevastopol may be discussed at the level of the governments.

“The rent price of one or another object was used to be discussed and then fixed. That is why I cannot say how much it is now,” said Minister Ivanov in Naro-Fominsk.

“I think this question may be settled during the negotiations and the consultation with Ukraine,” added Russain Minister.

The last week Ukraine’s Defence Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko declared that Russian financial compensation for the exploitation has not covered the expenses for servicing of the objects.

“There are two stations – Mukachevo and Sevastopol. Russia really needs them because these are its eyes and ears which ‘see’ and ‘hear’ for long-long miles. In accordance with the bilateral agreements, we proved servicing of the radars… Frankly speaking, the sum is too small to cover our expenses. This is the point of Defence Ministries and the governments of two countries,” said Hrytsenko in the interview of December 23 to 2000 weekly.

Russia pays $1.2 million for information delivered by these stations.

It was February of 2005 when Ukraine’s Defence Ministry demanded to increase price for it for the first time. But Moscow refused referring to the condition of the agreement of 1992 stating the fixed price for the next 15 years. Then he radar systems were passed under the jurisdiction of National Space Agency of Ukraine which leads to the revision of the agreement.

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Russia agreed on transient period in Russian-Ukrainian gas relations

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News / 27 December 2005 | 14:32

Ivan Plachkov

Russia agreed on transient period in Russian-Ukrainian gas relations

December 27, during a round table, held in the Center of Razumkov and dedicated to the gas issue, Ivan Plachkov, Minister for Fuel and Energy of Ukraine, declared that Ukraine once again suggested Russia transient period till the year 2009.

“We proposed to introduce transient period and to work out new scheme of relations concerning gas supply and transit via territory of Ukraine during the first quarter or half year,” said Plachkov.

Ukraine offers price for transit of Russian gas via territory of Ukraine in the amount of 1.75 dollars for 1000 c.m. and price for Russian gas import to Ukraine in the amount of 80 dollars for 1000 c.m.

He added that during the first quarter of the year 2006 there will be developed a strategy for the further implementation of plan for switching to the market relations in gas sphere.

In an interview to journalists Ivan Plachkov declared that Russian side agreed to introduce stage-by-stage switch to the new principles of relations in gas sphere, Interfax-Ukraine reported. He also reminded that earlier Russia insisted on switch to the European principles of work beginning from 2006.

“Now Russia offers not European relations, but a transient period,” said he.

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Yushchenko: The Ukrainian troops have fulfilled their mission in Iraq

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News / 27 December 2005 | 13:45

The Ukrainian troops have fulfilled their mission in Iraq

Yushchenko: The Ukrainian troops have fulfilled their mission in Iraq

Victor Yushchenko believes Ukrainian peacekeepers have fulfilled their mission in Iraq before their final withdrawal. Addressing them at the Delta base in the city of al Kut, the Head of State said, “Two and a half years ago we predictably appeared in Iraq. Today, the Ukrainian troops are leaving this country, having negotiated their pullout with all partners.”
 
He added that they would return to Ukraine on December 29, the President’s press office reported.
 
The President reminded those present that this was the third phase to withdraw the troops from the post-war republic. 550 soldiers returned home May 15 and 150 troops came back March 15.
 
Yushchenko stressed that they “were leaving a friendly country” and said our “great mission” in Iraq had attained its political aims.
 
“The two countries started to build economic, trade and political relations when the troops were based here,” he noted, adding that Ukraine had greatly reinforced its international status by sending them to Iraq.
 
“Ukraine became an active participant of almost all international political processes,” he stressed.
Yushchenko added that “almost no political conflict” was currently settled without Ukraine’s involvement.
 
“Ukraine is trusted. Our policy is predictable and helps make friends,” he said.
 
The President also thanked the soldiers for their activity in Iraq. He said they had helped conduct local elections to approve the Iraqi constitution and to elect members of parliament. Yushchenko noted that these two events “have laid the foundation of political government in Iraq.”
 
“We welcome these stabilizing processes,” he concluded.
 
The Head of State added that our troops had professionally trained six thousand Iraqi soldiers. The third brigade of the eighth national division of the Iraqi Armed Forces was drilled by the Ukrainians.
 
“There are prepared for any tactical task […],” he stressed.
 
The President said the troops had also greatly contributed to the humanitarian development of the area. Our soldiers built sixteen schools for more than four thousand pupils. They renovated seven kindergartens and four highways and fixed three electricity cables giving light to more than a thousand of Iraqi families. They also restored four water-supply facilities, providing 35,000 locals with fresh water. In addition to these achievements, forty thousand Iraqis received medical aid from Ukrainian doctors.
 
“So I would like to reiterate that the Ukrainian peacekeepers are leaving this country as partners and friends,” he said.
 
“The last Ukrainian soldier is leaving Iraq but that does not mean Ukraine is leaving it,” Yushchenko stressed.
 
He said about fifty experts would stay in the country to work at headquarters to train Iraqi soldiers. Yushchenko added that their major task was to “consolidate Ukrainian economic and political interests.”
 
“I am convinced that in the near future Ukraine and Ukrainian firms will actively cooperate with new leaders of Iraq,” he said.
 
Addressing the soldiers, Yushchenko emphasized that they would apply their professional experience, gained during the mission, to develop the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
 
“You now how to fight and work with allies. You know how to choose itineraries and form patrols. This is a priceless military practice,” he said.

“You have fulfilled your task. Ukraine and I are proud of you,” he stressed.

Then the Commander-in-Chief awarded the soldiers with state orders and gave them presents. He dined at the military canteen and ate Ukrainian borshch, which had been cooked for the delegation. He also honored eighteen Ukrainian soldiers that had been killed in Iraq.

Yushchenko arrived at the Delta base from Baghdad by the Hercules military plane.

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Russia responds to Ukraine’s statement

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News / 27 December 2005 | 13:23

Russia responds to Ukraine's statement

Russia responds to Ukraine’s statement

Russia does not share PM Yekhanurov’s opinion. The President of Russian Union of Oil and Gas Industrials Gennadiy Shmal commenting on Yekhanurov’s words stated “if Yekhanurov wants to return the natural exchange which was practised by our countries some years ago, he needs to enlist Gazprom’s support. But I doubt Gazprom would do it. It is a passed stage and there is no sense in returning to it. Everybody switches to money payments; it is a world-wide practise.”

As a reminder, on December 14, 2005 Gazprom President Aleksey Miller noticed that “we must work on the markets by equal rules and in the first time it concerns CIS countries and former republics of the USSR because the gas price for them has not corresponded European level. ” He also noticed that Gazprom would supply Europe with gas by the existing agreements.

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