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Ukrtelecom’s privatization soon to be launched

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News / 11 January 2006 | 17:20

Ukrtelecom's privatization soon to be launched

Ukrtelecom’s privatization soon to be launched

The instruction to ready all the necessary documents, within a week’s time, to start the process of the Ukrtelecom company’s privatization, was given by Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov to the State Property Fund and the Transportation & Communication Ministry.

The instructions were issued during the Cabinet’s consultations held today, Ukrainian Radio informs.

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The Justice Minister of Ukraine commented on the Cabinet’s dismissal

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News / 11 January 2006 | 16:56

The Justice Minister of Ukraine commented on the Cabinet's dismissal

The Justice Minister of Ukraine commented on the Cabinet’s dismissal

As Justice Minister Serhiy Holovaty said to mediapeople today in Kyiv, in accordance with the latest amendments to the basic law, neither the President nor the Parliament have the juridical right to dismiss the Cabinet.

According to the Justice Minister, the Parliament’s Tuesday resolution contradicts several articles of the Constitution and so may not be viewed as a legitimate document. As Mr Holovatyi explained, the organic law specifies the exhaustive list of conditions, under which the government may be sacked. These include the Government’s resignation after the new Parliament is elected. According to Serhiy Holovatyi, the Justice Ministry means to petition the President for demanding that the Verkhovna Rada nullify its resolution, Ukainian Radio reports.

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Presidents Yushchenko and Putin discussed the leasing of naval base in Crimea

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News / 11 January 2006 | 16:36

Presidents Yushchenko and Putin discussed the leasing of naval base in Crimea

Presidents Yushchenko and Putin discussed the leasing of naval base in Crimea

The leaders of Russia and Ukraine discussed the fate of a Russian naval base on the Black Sea during a meeting Wednesday.

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Victor Yushchenko focused on the Sevastopol base in the Autonomy Republic Crimea, which is leased by the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Although the two countries have an agreement under which Russia will lease the base until 2017, some Ukrainian politicians sought a revision of the contract terms after Russian energy giant Gazprom announced that it wanted to raise prices for supplies of natural gas to Ukraine to market levels, RIA Novosti told.

“We have reached agreement that the relevant committee will discuss all the unsettled issues in January or February.” Said Yushchenko.

A Russian delegation source said Ukrainian representatives had confirmed it would “honor all its commitments on the base in full.”

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President of Ukraine met Croatian President

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News / 11 January 2006 | 16:07

President of Ukraine met Croatian President

President of Ukraine met Croatian President

In Astana, Victor Yushchenko met with Croatian President Stjepan Mesic. They agreed to construct a transportation route via the Balkan countries, the President’s press service told.

The President also said Ukraine was going to hold talks with Croatia to jointly adapt to EU standards. Since Ukraine transitsRussian gasfor Croatia, Yushchenko said he was satisfied with successful Ukrainian-Russian gas talks.

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Yushchenko: The parliament has politicized economic issues

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News / 11 January 2006 | 15:40

The parliament has politicized economic issues

Yushchenko: The parliament has politicized economic issues

Victor Yushchenko said yesterday’s resolution of the Verkhovna Rada to sack the government was an attempt to politicize economic issues, presidential press office reported.

“What happened in parliament yesterday has nothing in common with a bilateral agreement on gas supplies. It must be one of the ways to politicize what is not political,” he said during a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Astana.

The President opined that such politicization can “harm those wonderful results.” Yushchenko reiterated that he appreciated the gas agreement between Ukraine and Russia.

“I assure you that we have managed to reach a political and economic compromise,” he said.  

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Russian and Ukrainain Presidents pledged to meet the gas obigations

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News / 11 January 2006 | 15:20

Russian and Ukrainain Presidents pledged to meet the gas obigations

Russian and Ukrainain Presidents pledged to meet the gas obigations

President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the government would if necessary help Russian energy giant Gazprom meet its commitments to Ukraine under the new gas deal agreed by the two countries earlier this month, RIA Novosti reports.

“Ukrainian President raised only one issue today – Russia’s commitments, including to [Ukraine’s gas] balance,” Putin told a news conference in the Kazakh capital Astana following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko. “I will instruct the government, if necessary, to help Gazprom fulfil its obligations,” he said. There was currently no need for any such government help, he also said.

Under the new gas deal, Gazprom is to sell Central Asian gas to a intermediary, RosUkrEnergo, which is Swiss-based but owned half by Gazprom and half by Austrian bank Raiffeisen. RosUkrEnergo will then sell gas on to another joint venture in Ukraine, to be set up by RosUkrEnergo and Naftogaz state enterprise.

Putin also said that he expected the acting Ukrainian prime minister, Yuriy Yekhanurov, in Moscow soon. The Ukrainian parliament dismissed Yekhanurov’s government Tuesday, amid concerns over the gas deal.

 
“We have invited Ukraine’s PM to visit Moscow in the near future,” Putin said.
 
President Victor Yushchenko in turns stated that Russian-Ukrainian natural gas agreement had been drafted professionally and his country would honor its commitments to both Russia and the West.

“Ukraine will not violate a single letter of our agreements with either Russia or [our] Western partners,” he said before adding that the Ukrainian parliament’s decision to dismiss the government Tuesday had not been connected with the gas agreement.

Speaking after talks with Vladimir Putin, Yushchenko said the issue should not be politicized because that would endanger “the excellent result” that had been achieved. The president was referring to the interim agreement that put an end to a bitter dispute between the two countries under which Ukraine will buy natural gas at $95 per 1,000 cubic meters for the next six months.

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Yushchenko: Ukraine and Russia are building new relations

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News / 11 January 2006 | 15:00

Ukraine and Russia are building new relations

Yushchenko: Ukraine and Russia are building new relations

After a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Victor Yushchenko said Ukraine and Russia were building new bilateral relations, presidential press office reported.

“I am deeply convinced that Ukraine and Russia are building qualitatively new relations which make our countries timely and relevantly solve controversial and complicated problems,” he said and then added that our relations “are becoming more predictable, transparent, and mutually beneficial.”

Commenting on a recently signed gas agreement between Ukraine and Russia, the President expressed confidence that “after those dramatic events the both sides managed to compromise.”

“That was not easy to come to this agreement but I can firmly say that we gave up feudal relations and suspicions that Russia sells its gas at half-price while Ukraine transits it at half-price,” he added, thanking all participants of the talks “for that political dialogue we had while settling the gas conflict.”

Then Yushchenko said during the meeting with his Russian counterpart they had discussed bilateral cooperation. He pointed out that the sides had agreed that a trade and economic committee, headed by the two premiers, would start its work in the first quarter of this year. Yushchenko added that a special commission would soon start to demarcate the Ukrainian-Russian land border. In 2006, the commission will be asked to accelerate talks to demarcate the Kerch Strait and to prepare an agreement on the Ukrainian-Russian state border in the Azov and Black Sea.

The President also said he and Putin had discussed the stationing of the Russian fleet in Ukraine and considered ways to cooperate in the field of nuclear energy.     

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“Our Ukraine” wants to dismiss Litvin from the office of VR Chairman

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News / 11 January 2006 | 14:40

“Our Ukraine” wants to dismiss Litvin from the office of VR Chairman

Deputies of “Our Ukraine” Bloc and Narodny Rukh (People’s Movement) Party propose to dismiss the Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn from running the VR sessions.

The corresponding bill was registered by deputies Yaroslav Kendzor and Yuri Orobets, Hotline news reported.

The authors of the document accuse Litvin of breaking the law, violating articles 87 and 115 of Constitution of Ukraine and regulations of the Verkhovna Rada, and demand to dismiss Lytvyn from the office of VR Chairman.

The second point of the document advises Litvin to find time for studying the Constitution and the regulations.

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