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The First Lady of Ukraine met Maria Kaczynski

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News / 1 March 2006 | 17:55

The First Lady of Ukraine met Maria Kaczynski

The First Lady of Ukraine met Maria Kaczynski

In Kyiv, Kateryna Yushchenko met with the wife of the Polish President, Maria Kaczynska, who is accompanying her husband during his first official visit to Ukraine. The first ladies visited the Ivan Honchar Museum to see Ukrainian embroidery, pottery, antique musical instruments, icons and folk paintings. They also watched Ukrainian craftsmen paint Easter eggs, weave carpets and make straw dolls. The Ukrainian Costume Center and Light Industry College showed folk costumes and embroidered shirts from all corners of Ukraine. The college students also presented their own collections of modern garments featuring traditional Ukrainian elements, the President press service informs.

“Since this is Mrs. Kaczynska’s first visit to Ukraine, we wanted to show her the best traditions of our cultural heritage, which we are so proud of,” Kateryna Yushchenko said.

They were welcomed by Museum Director Petro Honchar and singer Nina Matviyenko.

The Ivan Honchar Museum was created in 1993 in order to renew and preserve folk art traditions and to honor Ivan Honchar, Ukraine’s famous sculptor and painter on whose collection the whole exposition is based. On December 2, 1999, the Ukrainian Folk Culture Center was opened within the framework of the Museum.

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Ukrainian military delegation arrives in Poland

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News / 1 March 2006 | 13:38

Ukrainian military delegation arrives in Poland

Ukrainian military delegation arrives in Poland

Poland hosts Ukrainian military men. The Head of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Law and Order Chief Department Major-General Serhiy Hlebov, the Defence Ministry press office informed.

In the course of the visit, Ukrainian representatives will meet the Chief Commandant of Polish Gendarmerie. The main attention will be paid to the perspective trends of cooperation between Ukrainian and Polish military departments.

The visit will last to March 3.

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Czech Republic extradated Russian weapon smuggler to Ukraine

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News / 1 March 2006 | 13:00

Czech Republic extradated Russian weapon smuggler to Ukraine

Czech Republic extradated Russian weapon smuggler to Ukraine

A Russian national wanted on illegal weapons trading charges, was extradited Saturday to Ukraine from the Czech Republic, Sudan Tribune informed Tuesday, referring to Ukrainian authorities.

Oleg Orlov arrived on a flight to Boryspil airport outside the capital, Kiev, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Olena Melnyk said.

Ukrainian authorities have accused Orlov of smuggling an unspecified number of missiles of at least two types to China in May 2000, using falsified documents. In January 2002, he allegedly also smuggled at least one P14F radiolocation station to Eritrea using fake documents which stated the recipient should have been Romania.

In both cases, Orlov allegedly delivered the weapons with state-run company Ukrspetseksport, Ukraine’s weapons exporting agency.

Until 2004, Orlov lived in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), where he applied for political asylum. After a refusal, he tried to leave for the United Arab Emirates. Orlov was arrested in Prague’s Ruzyne airport. The Supreme Court of the Czech Republic ruled to extradite Orlov to Ukraine.

Orlov was arrested in the Czech Republic in 2004, shortly after a warrant for his arrest was issued in Ukraine. His request for asylum was rejected, and a court ruled last year that he could be extradited.

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Poland’s standpoint: Kaczynski n Kyiv

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News / 1 March 2006 | 12:46

Kaczynski n Kyiv

Poland’s standpoint: Kaczynski n Kyiv

President Lech Kaczynski noted the paramount importance of Poland’s relations with neighboring Ukraine already in his inaugural address after taking office last December, stating that a new quality must be attained in their development, Radio Polonia informed.

Poland has been a consistent supporter of Ukraine’s EU and NATO aspirations. During his visit to Washington two weeks ago, Lech Kaczynski conferred with president Bush on the tenets of American policy towards Poland’s eastern neighbors. Ukraine occupied a prominent place in their discussion. President Kaczynski used the occassion to secure US backing for Ukrainian membership in the North Atlantic Treaty.

‘Poland is interested in Ukraine’s relatively quick NATO membership, as it would then cease to be the eastern frontline of the Alliance, 2008 being an optimal solution.’

Polish-Ukrainian relations have required much patience and good will on both sides to overcome prejudice and even animosity, which accumulated over centuries of turbulent history right down to contemporary times. An evident breakthrough had taken place during the Orange Revolution when Poland undertook the sensitive task of internal and external mediation for the cause of Victor Yushchenko’s pro-democratic forces. Andrzej Krajewski was an international observer of the memorable elections in Ukraine. He recalls that of the 13 thousand observers present at the time, 3 thousand – the biggest group – had come from Polish organizations.

Economic contacts between Poland and Ukraine are also a meaningful factor of the two countries’ relations. Ukraine is Poland’s second biggest partner in this field after Russia among the post-Soviet republics. One of the major co-operation projects is the Odessa-Brody pipeline. Ten days ago, a strategic agreement had been signed in Warsaw on its extension to Plock and Gdansk in central and northern Poland, respectively. President Yushchenko has continuously underscored the impact of this huge and complex undertaking.

‘The Odessa-Brody project is extremely promissing, as it can be incorporated into the idea of a joint EU energy market. It can be supplementary in character, allowing Union countries and Ukraine to expand their energy services. Our position is unwavering.’

All these plans are very ambitious and profit oriented, but observers agree that following the example of political tightening of Polish-Ukrainian relations, MUCH MORE can still be achieved in the economic sphere. Something the current visit of president Kaczynski in Kiev is bound to serve.

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine visits Turkey

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News / 1 March 2006 | 12:21

Foreign Minister of Ukraine visits Turkey

Foreign Minister of Ukraine visits Turkey

 Ukraine Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk pays official visit to Turkey. In the course of the visit, Ukrainian and Turkish high officials plan to ratify Ukraine-Turkey Action Plan-2006.

Ukrainian Minister is to meet Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, Constantinople Patriarch Varflomey I, the directorship of the Organization on Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the Speaker of the House Bulent Arinch.

Foreign Minister Tarasyuk will take the floor in Ankara Technical University and meet the representatives of Turkish business circles.

The main attention will be focused on the realization of the agreements which were reached during Yushchenko’s official visit to Turkey.

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Ukraine General Office of Public Prosecutor closed the Kushnaryov case

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News / 1 March 2006 | 11:45

Ukraine General Office of Public Prosecutor closed the Kushnaryov case

Ukraine General Office of Public Prosecutor closed the Kushnaryov case

February 28, the General Office of Public Prosecutor closed the criminal case instituted against Yevhen Kushnaryov, the Party of Regions press office informs.

As a reminder, Yevhen Kushnaryov the Chairman of Kharkiv Regional State Administration was accused of abuse of power which caused grave damages to the state interests.

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Presidents of Poland and Ukraine held negotiations

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News / 1 March 2006 | 11:24

Presidents of Poland and Ukraine held negotiations

Presidents of Poland and Ukraine held negotiations

In Mariinsky Palace, Victor Yushchenko met with Polish President Lech Kaczynski. They discussed a diverse range of issues and then signed a declaration for energy cooperation.

The Ukrainian leader said the two countries “share the same vision of the role and place of Poland and Ukraine in European integration.”

The sides also focused on energy security and considered ways to formulate new fundamentals of the wholesale energy market. Yushchenko thanked his counterpart for supporting Ukraine in its tense row over gas supplies with Russia.

 
“This shows we need a new concept of energy securitythat would be relevant to collective interests and national interests of both Ukraine and Poland,” he said.
Mr. Kaczynski said he was convinced Ukrainian-Polish relations would continue to develop. He also assured his colleague that Poland and its president would support Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union.

Following their face-to-face meeting, the presidents presided over Ukrainian-Polish talks.NSDCU Secretary Anatoly Kinakh, Defense Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko, Economy Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Industrial Minister Volodymyr Shandra, and Naftogaz Chairman Oleksiy Ivchenko attended the talks.

The presidents discussed ways to launch joint oil and gas projects and solve problems of national minorities residing in the two countries. They particularly agreed it was necessary to create a Ukrainian center in the Polish city of Przemyśl and a Polish center in Lviv. They also spoke about mechanisms to recover national historic and art treasures.

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Ukraine Security Service: Expulsed Uzbeks were members of terrorist organization

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News / 1 March 2006 | 11:04

Expulsed Uzbeks were members of terrorist organization

Ukraine Security Service: Expulsed Uzbeks were members of terrorist organization

Ukraine expulsed ten Uzbek citizens as they are members of “Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan,” SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) spokesperson Maryna Ostapenko told. UNO recognizes IMU as the terrorist organization.

She stated that “theses citizens of Uzbekistan belonged to the organization recognized as terrorist one by UNO in 2001. Staying in Ukraine, they propagandized the radical ideas of IMU.”

Deputy Head of the Uzbek Political Refugees Khatam Khadzhimatov, in turns, states that forcibly displaced Uzbeks were not engaged in politics but just witnessed Andizhan events. That is why they fell into disgrace of Uzbek authorities.

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