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President comments on Ukraine’s joining the EU

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2006


News / 23 January 2006 | 18:10

President comments on Ukraine's joining the EU

President comments on Ukraine’s joining the EU

At a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson, Victor Yushchenko said in 2005 Ukraine had made much progress in its desire to integrate into the European Union, presidential press office informed.

“There has not been a more successful year for our EU integration,” he said. The President, however, noted that “when the country does not make any attempts to integrate into the EU for decades and plays European principles but does not follow them” it cannot achieve all it wants in one year.

The Head of State is convinced that the European Union and “our impartial politicians” consider the year 2005 to be the time “of Ukraine’s unique EU breakthrough.”

Commenting onsome positive results, Yushchenko said Ukraine had been recognized as market economy.

“We awakened the world’s interest in Ukraine and began to negotiate things we could not even think about twelve months ago,” he asserted.

The President thenopined that “Ukraine must understand that it is 90% responsible for deciding whether it will be in Europe.”

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Ukrainians stand against federalization

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2006


News / 23 January 2006 | 17:58

Ukrainians stand against federalization

Ukrainians stand against federalization

Borys Salahakov, All-Ukrainian Sociological Service Director, reported on the results of recent public opinion poll concerning the possibility of federalization of Ukraine.

“The idea of federalization is the useless political marketing. Judging by the poll, the society does not support idea of federalization,” mentioned Salahakov. Judging by the results of the poll, the unitary state is supported by 53.1% of respondents, the federal state – 23.5%,

The sociologist stressed that the number of supporters of president-parliamentary system increased after the cabinet’s dismissal and gas crisis. “Political elites forget themselves in playing in tactic games on the threshold of the elections. Being full up with anarchy, people long for strong state arm,” said Salahakov.

According to the poll, 43.1% of respondents stand for president-parliamentary, 29.4% – parliamentary-president, 6.5% – parliamentary system, 19.8% – do not give an answer, 0.6% of respondents called other political systems.

2,400 respondents form 16 regions took part in the poll; the possible error is about 2%.

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BYuT and PORA-PRP to form “orange” coalition

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2006


News / 23 January 2006 | 17:51

BYuT and PORA-PRP to form “orange” coalition

Leader of the BYuT Yulia Tymoshenko agreed with an initiative of the bloc PORA-PRP to from a coalition before elections.

As reported press office of Civil party PORA, “January 20, in life broadcast of ICTV Channel, Vladislav Kaskiv offered Tymoshenko to form a coalition as regards future parliamentary majority as early as before election.”

“The BYuT’s leader agreed with the proposition, having added that ‘Our Ukraine’ also should join the coalition,” says the report.

According to the press office, “January 22 deputy head of the BYuT Mikola Tomenko confirmed the bloc’s readiness to sign the agreement.”

“Participants of the agreement undertake to form parliamentary majority in the Verkhovna Rada of new convocation on basis of ‘orange forces’,” underlined Tomenko.

Volodymyr Filenko, head of PORA-PRP election HQ, reported that public consideration of agreement’s text would start January 24.

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PACE to send 40 observers to Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2006


News / 23 January 2006 | 17:15

PACE to send 40 observers to Ukraine

PACE to send 40 observers to Ukraine

Bureau of Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe decided to send a delegation of observers over the parliamentary election, 40 in number, to Ukraine, as reported PACE President Rene van der Linden.

“We have decided to send a delegation, consisting of 40 representatives,” said he, having added that the name of the delegation’s head would be announced this week, UNIAN informed.

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Andriy Shevchenko has no intention to be a politician

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2006


News / 23 January 2006 | 17:00

Andriy Shevchenko has no intention to be a politician

Andriy Shevchenko has no intention to be a politician

Coming out in the press conference on Monday, the famous football player Andriy Shevchenko would not run for the politics but he hails Klichko’s deed to lead PORA-PRP election list.

“I have no intention to be in politics,” stressed Klichko. Such conclusion was made after the presidential elections-2004 when Shevchenko had shot in clip for Yanukovich ad election campaign. He noted that he is going to serve Ukraine as a sportsman and to represent his country as the best one.

In response to the journalists’ request to comment Klichko’s position, Shevchenko said it was very serious deed. “Politics in Ukraine is very serious business. So, he needs hard trainings and strong protection,” mentioned Shevchenko.

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Yushchenko to conduct fair elections and to punish all prisoners of state

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2006


News / 23 January 2006 | 16:45

Yushchenko to conduct fair elections and to punish all prisoners of state

Yushchenko to conduct fair elections and to punish all prisoners of state

During the briefing, held after the meeting with Persson, Victor Yushchenko declared about his intention to persuade all political forces to sign an agreement about holding fair elections in March 2006.

“I stand for the idea of signing an agreement on holding fair democratic election between all political forces,” said Yushchenko, UNIAN informed.

President also declared that all officials of the previous power, who violated the Law and escaped from the country, would be punished.

“It is a fact that considerable part of officials, who must answer for past crime, are outside of Ukraine. But we will find them. The time will come and they will pay,” underlined Yushchenko.

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President Yushchenko met with Swedish PM

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2006


News / 23 January 2006 | 16:25

President Yushchenko met with Swedish PM

President Yushchenko met with Swedish PM

Victor Yushchenko met with Swedish Premier Goran Persson, presidential press office reported. They discussed a wide range of issues, including ways to expand Ukraine’s cooperation with Sweden with the framework of the EU, UNO, CBSS and other international organizations.

First Vice Prime Minister Stanislav Stashevsky, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, Secretariat Chief-of-Staff Oleh Rybachuk, Kyiv Mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko, Swedish Ambassador John-Christer Åhlander and Swedish State Secretary Lars Danielsson were present at the meeting.
 
At a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson, Victor Yushchenko said Ukraine appreciated its relations and cooperation with Sweden. He pointed out that during today’s meeting they had discussed a wide range of topics, particularly Ukrainian-Swedish cooperation within the framework of the EU.

“We appreciate our dynamic relations and thank Sweden for supporting our ambition to integrate into the EU. We hear these statements by Mr. Persson and his government. These are very important statements to us,” he said.

The President also noted that the two countries were actively cooperating  in the field of aircraft-building.

“We are convinced that our bilateral economic resource has not been fully used,” he opined and asserted that the export rate had grown by 1.6 times while the import rate had increased by 47% in the past year. “This is a great result and it shows that we have a colossal potential to use.”

Yushchenko then expressed gratitude to Mr. Persson for supporting Ukraine’s policies. He reminded those present that Goran Persson, Aleksander Kwasniewski and Javier Solana had organized the first foreign conference “Government and opposition in Ukraine” in Warsaw in 2003. It was intent to “make Ukraine’s political elite establish a dialogue and find ways to resolve the political crisis.”

“That was an important initiative to help Ukraine and its opposition demonstrate their vision of how to stabilize the situation in the country. Unfortunately, that government was deaf and so did not consider any of our suggestions,” he said. “[But] it was [still] really significant for Ukraine’s democratic forces.”

The Head of State informed those present that they had also discussed ways to mark the 200th anniversary of the Poltava Battle in 2009.

In his turn, Mr. Persson congratulated Yushchenko on his first year in office. He claimed that the first year “yielded many results” in bringing Ukraine closer to the EU.

“We will continue our dialogue and we will continue to negotiate all opportunities for cooperation and integration,” he said.

The Premier then added that Sweden was ready to share its experience to produce energy from local resources.   

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Uzbekistan to deliver gas for Ukraine to Gazprom

Posted by the Editor on January 23, 2006


News / 23 January 2006 | 15:35

Uzbekistan to deliver gas for Ukraine to Gazprom

Uzbekistan to deliver gas for Ukraine to Gazprom

As a result of negotiations between Gazprom President Aleksey Miller and Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, the sides agreed that Uzbekistan would deliver nine milliard cu m of gas to Russian at the price of $60 for 1000 cu m in 2006.

According to agreements between Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukrainy of January 4, 2006, this volume of gas will be sold to Ukraine at $95 for 1000 cu m through the mediation of Swiss trader RosUkrEnergo.

Deducting transportation expenses via territory of Kazakhstan and Russia, clear margin of the mediator will make about $20 from each 1000 cu m, i.e. RosUkrEnergo will earn about 180 million dollars by delivering Uzbek gas to Ukraine.

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