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Russian PM: Ban on Ukrainian meat imports is not political

Posted by the Editor on January 27, 2006


News / 27 January 2006 | 17:47

Ban on Ukrainian meat imports is not political

Russian PM: Ban on Ukrainian meat imports is not political

(RIA Novosty) Restrictions on the import of certain food products from Ukraine are purely sanitary measures and have no political element, the Russian prime minister said Friday.

Mikhail Fradkov, visiting a poultry factory in the Belgorod Region that borders Ukraine, said the measures did not aim to distort competition but were based on the need to “protect consumers from low-quality products.”

A ban on meat imports transported via Ukraine was imposed by Russia December 30, 2005. Russia also imposed restrictions on the import of pre-prepared meat products January 1, 2006 and a full ban on livestock product imports from Ukraine January 20.

Russia insists Ukraine should provide guarantees that its products meet Russia’s veterinary and sanitary standards and that Ukraine sign a protocol to this effect.

Earlier Friday, Vladimir Gorbulin, an advisor to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, said his country was ready to approve Russia’s proposals to tighten veterinary control of its meat deliveries.

“I hope the talks that began in Moscow on January 23 will be continued on February 1,” he said.

However, Gorbulin said he considers the ban on Ukrainian meat to be political, linking it to the recent disagreement over the price Ukraine pays for Russian natural gas, which caused Russian energy giant Gazprom to turn off the taps to the country at the beginning of the year.

“God forbid that the gas war continues until March 26 [the date of Ukraine’s parliamentary elections]. Other wars could also spring up, linked to fuel supplies for nuclear power plants and crude oil,” the presidential advisor said.

Acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov conceded that poor-quality and contraband meat was entering the Russian market from Ukraine.

“Buffalo meat has been spotted in [the border region of] Bryansk,” he said. “It is true that Ukrainian authorities allowed the meat into the country.”

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President’s aide: Political forces should estimate Yushchenko’s stabilization plan

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News / 27 January 2006 | 17:00

Political forces should estimate Yushchenko's stabilization plan

President’s aide: Political forces should estimate Yushchenko’s stabilization plan

During a press conference Volodymyr Gorbulin, the President’s aide, said political forces should estimate Victor Yushchenko’s plan to stabilize the political situation in Ukraine, presidential press-office informed.

“The President has made an initiative, which disables all counterarguments,” he said, having added that Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn had already appreciated it.

Gorbulin is convinced that Ukraine’s political forces could help to form adequate public opinion before “March elections, this immensely important challenge.”

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UEFA final of the European Junior Championship to be held in Ukraine

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News / 27 January 2006 | 16:45

UEFA final of the European Junior Championship to be held in Ukraine

UEFA final of the European Junior Championship to be held in Ukraine

Donetsk and Mariupol will host the final of the European Junior Championship, UEFA reports.

The Ukrainian junior football team will take part in the final-2009 without taking part in elimination matches.

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Ukraine scraps last strategic bomber

Posted by the Editor on January 27, 2006


News / 27 January 2006 | 16:30

Ukraine scraps last strategic bomber

Ukraine scraps last strategic bomber

(RIA Novosty)The Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced Friday it had scrapped its last strategic bomber dating back to the Soviet era in line with its international commitments.

A spokesman said the last of 60 Tu-22 Backfire strategic bombers had been dismantled in an act witnessed by the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst and defense ministry officials from both Ukraine and the United States at the Poltava Air Force Base.

Under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I), Ukraine has voluntarily destroyed all it nuclear weapons and reduced strategic offensive arms. The country should also finish scrapping its Kh-22 Burya (NATO codename AS-4 Kitchen) air-to-surface missiles in May 2006.

The START treaty was signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1991, five months before the collapse of the Soviet empire, which left four independent states – Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan – with significant stockpiles of nuclear weapons on their territory. In 1992 the new states became parties to the START I treaty as legal successors to the Soviet Union.

Later, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, which had inherited strategic nuclear weapons from the Soviet Union, ratified joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as non-nuclear states.

From 1996 through 1999 Ukraine dismantled 29 Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers, and 487 Kh-55 Granat cruise missiles (AS-15 Kent), with another 11 bombers (3 Tu-95s and 8 Tu-160s) and 581 missiles transferred to Russia in 2000. Two Tu-95 bombers were transformed into reconnaissance aircraft for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and other two bombers (1 Tu-95 and 1 Tu-160) were sent to an aviation museum.

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RosUkrEnergo should represent itself in full

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News / 27 January 2006 | 16:10

RosUkrEnergo should represent itself in full

RosUkrEnergo should represent itself in full

The Head of the President’s Secretariat Oleh Rybahuk noted RosUkrEnergo will be obliged to provide the whole information about its activity. RosUkrEnergo will have to uncover its game. “To show its title pages of the basic documents won’t do anymore,” said Rybachuk.

RosUkrEnergo has already attracted the attention of the FATF – the inter-governmental body which purpose is the development and promotion ofnational and international policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.According to Rybachuk, “the EU representatives have already considered this issue in Brussels. The corresponding interpellation was prepared by Russian State Duma.”

“I am sending now the information about RosUkrEnergo to the Western diplomatic corps,” says Rybachuk adding that the same will be done in Ukraine, too. “I will not say anything new except names Boyko and Voronin who figures in the protocols,” stressed the President’s Secretariat Chief.

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Yanukovich commemorated Holocaust victims

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News / 27 January 2006 | 14:45

Yanukovich commemorated Holocaust victims

Yanukovich commemorated Holocaust victims

During today’s working visit to Odesa, leader of Party of Regions Victor Yanukovich commemorated Holocaust victims and laid flowers on a monument on Just men’s Alley, as reported press office of the Party.

“Today the whole world marks Holocaust victims’ Day. That day all people of good will should remember once again how harmful the display of religious and national intolerance is and what a disaster it can bring to the society,” pointed out the Party leader.

Yanukovich also underlined that “certain events and statements of politicians in Ukraine prove that Holocaust should be remembered today, despite the fact that ten years have passed since the time of the tragedy.”

According to him, “in our country we have some examples of that anti-Semitic literature is being distributed with impunity, speeches of far right politicians do not find blame.” “As long as there are such examples, it is necessary to talk about Holocaust,” noted Yanukovich.

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Cold weather revealed failure of the power

Posted by the Editor on January 27, 2006


News / 27 January 2006 | 14:16

Cold weather revealed failure of the power

Cold weather revealed failure of the power

The power has not undergone the test of cold, as declared Ihor Shkirya, representative of faction “Regions of Ukraine” (Party of Regions – ed.) and member of VR Committee on construction, transport, housing and communal services and communication.

As reported press office of the deputy, he reproaches officials with failure to solve “gas issue” and with unwillingness to use their plenary power for solving critical economic and municipal problems.

“January frosts have revealed incompetence of officials. They failed to prepare municipal enterprises for work under extreme conditions,” underlined Shkirya.

The MP reckons the power treats cynically and depreciatingly the part of Ukraine voting down Yushchenko. As an example, he gave Dzerzhynsk, Donetsk region.

Earlier, the state invested budget funds in Dzerzhynsk for social programs, but now it ceased financing, and, as a result, road building is terminated and the repair work is reduced to minimum.

The member of the Verkhovna Rada Ihor Shkirya states that such situation is observed in “unloved by orange power” Western Ukraine. “At the same time, bridges are under construction, roads are repaired and schools’ roofs are in an apple pie order in the regions voted for the current President,” added Shkirya.

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PM Yekhanurov is richer than ex-PM Timoshenko

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News / 27 January 2006 | 13:42

PM Yekhanurov is richer than ex-PM Timoshenko

PM Yekhanurov is richer than ex-PM Timoshenko

Ukraine’s PM Yuri Yekhanurov said he had never carried on business. “I have never carried on business that is why I can sleep the sleep of the just. But I should say I am richer approximately five times more than the former Premier of Ukraine Yulia Timoshenko,” said Yekhanurov.

“I filled the declaration. In comparison with ‘poor’ Timoshenko I am considerably the rich man. My annual income makes $30,000. I also have deposits. So, everything is clear. I sold my private dacha because I decided to be a politician. You know sometimes such things like dachas and so on may spoil someone’s political carrier,” mentioned Yuri Yekhanurov.

“We belong to so-called ‘middle class.’ My wife works in a bank; she is a high-skilled specialist. She is a chief of bank department and of course her wage is bigger than mine. My son earns his own living. PM’s wage is pretty high, so, everything is all right,” stressed Ukraine’s PM.

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