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Ukraine Foreign Ministry and the State Customs House to render an account about the Transdniestrian frontier

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News / 6 March 2006 | 17:55

Ukraine Foreign Ministry and the State Customs House to render an account about the Transdniestrian frontier

Ukraine Foreign Ministry and the State Customs House to render an account about the Transdniestrian frontier

Ukraine PM Yuri Yekhanurov has charged the Foreign Ministry and the State Customs officials to render the account to the society for the goods circulation on the Transdniestrian frontier.

“In January I met the businessmen and authorities from Moldova, Ukraine and Transdniestrian in Odesa. In the course of the meeting the sides voiced their precise positions towards the rules of the game,” noted PM of Ukraine speaking about the special terms of freight transportation via the territory of Moldova, Ukraine and Transdniestrian region.

According to his words, the freight from Transdniestrian region will cross Ukraine only if it has Moldova’s stamp. “It means no additional taxes or excise,” stressed PM Yekhanurov.

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Cabinet may permit import of sugar in Ukraine

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News / 6 March 2006 | 16:20

Cabinet may permit import of sugar in Ukraine

Cabinet may permit import of sugar in Ukraine

Tomorrow Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine will consider the question about opening borders for foreign sugar, as reported Ukraine’s PM Yuri Yekhanurov during today’s press conference. If the decision is made, PM will sign it on Thursday.

Yekhanurov explained that the government’s intention is motivated by that native sugar traders do not meet their engagements. “We have been waiting for two weeks, but they have not met their obligations,” underlined the Premier.

Yekhanurov noted that by his today’s statement he gives a signal to sugar traders. “I am giving them a signal now, and they have several days to think about consequences of opening the borders,” said he.

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President speaks with Javier Solana

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News / 6 March 2006 | 16:04

President speaks with Javier Solana

President speaks with Javier Solana

During a telephone conversation, Victor Yushchenko and Javier Solana, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary-General of the EU Council, discussed bilateral relations between Ukraine and the European Union. They also summed results oflast week’s EU-Ukraine (troika) meeting.

The Head of State assured Mr. Solana that Ukraine would observe the PACE and OSCE standards during the March 26 election and pledged to help international observers, President’s press office reported.

They also focused their attention on finding ways to carry out joint energy policy and preserve regional security. The President said he wanted the world community to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Chornobyl accident and help Ukraine to deal with its devastating aftermath.

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Kherson Oil Refinery plant is under repair

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News / 6 March 2006 | 15:39

Kherson Oil Refinery plant is under repair

Kherson Oil Refinery plant is under repair

Kherson Oil Refinery Plant has been closed for modernization till 2010. Thereby, the domestic oil products market will be filled by three Ukrainian plants and import as well.

Oil traders are open about the fact that to sell Belarusian, Bulgarian and Romanian petrol is more profitable than to produce it in Ukraine.

Valery Yasyuk the Deputy Fuel and Energy Minister agreed with the oil traders regarding the Ukraine’s oil market. Nevertheless, he does not worry much about it because the fuel problem and spring field operations are under governmental control, he stressed.

“Taking into account the energy balance and Ukraine’s oil and oil products balance, the plant repair is not a problem at all,” stressed Yasyuk.

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Moldovan PM denies Transdnestr economic blockade allegations

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News / 6 March 2006 | 14:55

Moldovan PM denies Transdnestr economic blockade allegations

Moldovan PM denies Transdnestr economic blockade allegations

(RIA Novosty) The Moldovan prime minister denied allegations from the breakaway Transdniester region Monday that new customs regulations imposed by Ukraine amounted to an economic blockade.

“An economic blockade of Transdniester is out of the question, because our citizens live in this region and we are seeking to improve their life,” Vasile Tarlev told a news conference in Chisinau.

Traffic was reported blocked on the Ukrainian -Transdnestrian border Monday, and Transdniester customs said that Ukraine had not given a reasonable response to inquiries.

On March 3, Ukrainian customs service head Alexander Yegorov signed a regulation stipulating that all the cargoes crossing the Ukrainian -Transdnestrian border must undergo customs registration in Moldova and not in Transdniester.

Transdniester responded by blocking rail and road transit of cargoes to and from Moldova. On Sunday, Transdnestrian President Igor Smirnov set up an interdepartmental council to counter what it said were “blockade measures” by Ukraine and Moldova, and 16 public organizations in the region established an anti-blockade coordinating council Monday.

Also Monday, Moldovan Railroads started sending cargo around Transdniester. It denied Transdnestrian media reports that it refused to transit cargoes through Transdniester as “contradicting reality”.

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Ukriane on its Euro and Atlantic integration

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News / 6 March 2006 | 14:35

Ukriane on its Euro and Atlantic integration

Ukriane on its Euro and Atlantic integration

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk has said that Kiev aims to join the EU as a full member by 2015, and added that his country was not pursuing a status similar to that devised by the EU for the states in northern Africa and the southern Caucasus region. Tarasyuk said that he would press for a formal application by Kiev for EU membership before the end of 2006. Ukraine also aims to join NATO by 2008.

However, so far the EU has ruled out membership for Ukraine. As part of the Union’s plan for closer relations with Kiev, Ukraine was granted market economy status in 2005 and negotiations are underway on a visa accord, EuroActive reports.

Speaking in Kiev during her visit, External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldnersaid that the European neighbourhood framework provided a chance for Ukraine to move closer to the EU. This, she said, “does not prejudge the future.”

Also in Kiev, Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik reiterated that “Ukraine is an esteemed partner in the framework of the European neighbourhood policy.”

In the run-up to the meeting, Plassnik expressed her firm conviction that “the elections on 26 March in Ukraine will be free, fair and conducted in accordance with international standards. The European Union is confident that Ukraine will continue on its path to reform and stand by its democratic achievements. Economic and social reforms, firm action to control corruption and measures to reduce poverty will remain major challenges after the elections”.

“Ukraine is a friend, and as such we take a very benevolent interest in its development. This country is moving closer to the European values-based society. The Ukrainian people demonstrated this in an impressive manner during the orange revolution a year and a half ago. The future government, too, will have to do justice to the people’s desire for a modern, transparent democracy and policies geared to economic and social success”, the Foreign Minister stated.

“For the European Union, Ukraine is an esteemed partner in the framework of the European neighbourhood policy. We are working together on an ever closer network of relations, which includes greater political cooperation as well as economic integration”, she continued.

She added that “we are working together on an ever closer network of relations.”

Ukraine is preparing to hold parliamentary elections on 26 March.

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Ukaine-Russia space cooperation

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News / 6 March 2006 | 14:18

Ukaine-Russia space cooperation

Ukaine-Russia space cooperation

In April 2006, Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and the Ukrainian National Space Agency (NKAU) intend to approve of a program for cooperation in the sphere of research into and use of outer space in 2007-2011. NKAU’s press service has reported that a draft of this program was approved at a Ukrainian-Russian intergovernmental committee’s space industry panel meeting on February 27 in Moscow, RBC informs.

In the course of the meeting the sides discussed among other things Ukraine’s participation in the international Radioastron project, and Russia’s participation in the Ukrainian-Brazilian project Cyclone-4.

The Russian Space Agency intends to take part in NKAU conference conserning the prospects of the space research which  will be held September, in Yevpatoriya. The next intergovernmental space industry panel meeting will take place that month in Kyiv.

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Ukraine is accused of provoking of “humanitarian catastrophe” in Transdniester

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News / 6 March 2006 | 13:35

Ukraine is accused of provoking of “humanitarian catastrophe” in Transdniester

After Ukraine had introduced new customs rules for Transdniestrian part of Moldavian-Ukrainian border, tens of automobiles with various loads gathered on the border and can not leave Transdniester.

According to reports of Transdniestrian Mass Medias, traffic has been fully blocked on the Ukrainian check point Platonovo, which borders upon Transdniestrian Novy Goyany.

Ukraine blocked the motorway with spikes on the neutral territory between two check points. Ukrainian frontier guards also placed mobile frontier post. About ten armed guards were put for guarding the barriers.

The same situation happened on other check points.

Directors of Transdniestrian enterprises tell about damages they suffer because of impossibility to meet contract engagements to partners.

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