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Ukraine does not block Transdniestrian region

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 17:00

Ukraine does not block Transdniestrian region

Ukraine does not block Transdniestrian region

Ukraine does not block Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic, Pavlo Hajdutsky the Chief of Ukraine’s General Social and Economical Policy Service told.

Hajdutsky mentioned that Ukraine’s export in Transdniestrian amounts $200 million annually and Transdniestrian export – $12 million. The last index is much underestimated and lack of 70% Transdniestrian shady export which causes $70-million annual damages of Ukraine.

“Transdniestrian authorities must comprehend the necessity to bring its customs procedures to strict conformity with Moldova’s ones,” stressed Hajdutsky adding that Moldova is the WTO member and Transdniestrian Republic must obey the WTO regulations as the part of country-member.

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Ukraine accuses Russia of unethical conduct

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 16:44

Ukraine accuses Russia of unethical conduct

Ukraine accuses Russia of unethical conduct

Foreign Ministry of Ukraine considers Russia’s decision to deliver humanitarian help to Transdniester a propagandistic and provocative action, as declared deputy Foreign Minister Andriy Veselovsky.

He considers that it is a deliberate intention to generated considerable public excitement, as “this subject starts to fade due to absence of any problem.”

According to Veselovsky, the action has “specific timed character”, since the parliamentary elections will be held in Ukraine in several days.

He informed that Ukraine MFA had received a note from Russia Foreign Ministry, which says that in connection with grave social and economic situation in Transdniester it was decided to deliver urgent humanitarian help to the region.

As “RIA Novosty” informed, Russia sent more than 230 metric tons of humanitarian aid Wednesday to the breakaway Moldovan region of Transdniester, an emergencies ministry official said.

“On Wednesday morning a fleet of 23 vehicles carrying humanitarian loads for the population of Transdniester will leave from the Emergency Situations Ministry’s 179th rescue center in Noginsk, Moscow Region,” said Viktor Beltsov, deputy head of the ministry’s information department.

He said the aid was being sent by the United Russia party and the Moscow and Moscow Region governments.

United Russia leader Boris Gryzlov, also speaker of the lower house of parliament, said he hoped “the Ukrainian authorities will not obstruct the movement of the fleet,” a United Russia press release said.

“As a result of Moldova’s actions, backed by Ukraine, the region is facing a humanitarian catastrophe and a serious aggravation of the situation, which could lead to direct conflicts,” Transdniester President Igor Smirnov said in a letter to President Vladimir Putin Tuesday.

Besides, Veselovsky declared that Ukraine had addressed Foreign Ministry of Moldova and asked whether they are aware of the coming humanitarian help from Russia. Moldavian diplomats reported they had received neither notes not other notifications about coming help.

Veselovsky considers it “unethical action” from Russian party.

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Ukraine Speaker against referendum on the Russian language status

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 16:17

Ukraine Speaker against referendum on the Russian language status

Ukraine Speaker against referendum on the Russian language status

The speaker of the Ukrainian parliament said Wednesday that he was against the idea of holding a referendum on the status of the Russian language in the country, RIA Novosty reported.

“Referendums are not held in an unstable country with unstable society,” Volodymyr Lytvyn said during a meeting with potential voters in the run-up to the March 26 parliamentary elections.

He said Russian, which is widely spoken in many regions, should not become an official language as it would replace Ukrainian. “This is impossible in a country called Ukraine,” said the speaker, who is considered by some to be pro-Russian.

With the parliamentary polls approaching, the status of Russian has become something of a battleground, but Lytvyn, who heads his own eponymous bloc, said people who could speak no language perfectly were raising the issue of two languages.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said earlier that he did not welcome the decision by the authorities of Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkov, to make Russian a regional language.

“This campaign does not correspond with Ukrainian interests,” he said.

The city authorities in Kharkov, which is in the Russian-speaking stronghold of eastern Ukraine, decided to grant the Russian language the status of a regional language referring to the Ukrainian parliament’s ratification of the European Charter of Regional Languages.

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President plans to develop tourism in Ternopil

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 15:47

President plans to develop tourism in Ternopil

President plans to develop tourism in Ternopil

Accompanied by Architecture Minister Pavlo Kachur, Culture Minister Ihor Likhovy, and Road Service Head Vadym Gurzhos, Victor Yushchenko went to Ternopil region, President’s press office reported.
 
Victor Yushchenko is now presiding over a meeting on the development of tourism and preservation of cultural sites in the Ternopil region.

Culture Minister Ihor Likhovy, Architecture Minister Pavlo Kachur, First Deputy Chief of State Ivan Vasyunyk, Ternopil Governor Ivan Stoyko, First Deputy Economy Minister Serhiy Romanyuk, Deputy Finance Minister Volodymyr Matviychuk, and local businessmen are present at the meeting.

First the Chief of State studied a few projects to restore Ternopil’s castles.

In his speech, the President opined that Ternopil’s unique touristic potential was really important for the development of Ukraine’s western region. He said this land was rich in castles and fortresses. Most of them are dilapidated, so the government should help restore them, he said.

“Today can start a campaign for the preservation of sacred architectural and historical places of the region,” Yushchenko said.

Then he added thatit was incumbent on government, business and society to unite in order to jointly renew these sites and develop infrastructure.

The President believes the meeting should help more actively solve these problems and urged those present to inform society of all their decisions.

Pavlo Kachur said the government was going to spend UAH 25 mln to preserve cultural sites across the country in 2006 but planned to increase this sum to UAH 120 mln next year.

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Ukraine to render humanitarian aid for Kyrgyzstan

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 15:30

Ukraine to render humanitarian aid for Kyrgyzstan

Ukraine to render humanitarian aid for Kyrgyzstan

The decree President of Ukraine commissioned the Cabinet of Ukraine to assure provision of humanitarian aid for the Republic of Kyrgyzstan.

The decree is based upon article 10, the Law of Ukraine “On Humanitarian Aid” in connection with the huge damages caused by the snow avalanches happened in the end of January. Many people died and thousands were left without a roof over their head.

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“Gongadze case” materials recognized as “top secret”

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 15:10

“Gongadze case” materials recognized as “top secret”

State expertise established that Gongadze case materials are among documents with “top secret” stamp, as Irina Hryhoryeva, chairwoman of panel of judges on criminal cases of Appeal Court of Kyiv, informed participants of the trial during today’s next court hearing. She referred to a corresponding document, delivered to the court from a state Interior Ministry expert on secret.

The judge also noted that the expert’s statement itself is a top secret and can not be announced in the court, as not all participants of the trial are authorized for examination of top secret papers.

During the court hearing it was found out that only lawyers of the accused, prosecutor’s office representatives, panel of judges, assessors and escort have access to the first category of top secret documents. Thus, lawyers of Lesya and Miroslava Gongadze should validate this access to take part in further court hearings.

In this connection hearings have been postponed to uncertain term.

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Ukraine is in the final stage of WTO accession

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 14:00

Ukraine is in the final stage of WTO accession

Ukraine is in the final stage of WTO accession

Ukraine intends to submit the final working report to WTO secretariat within a month, as reported Arceny Yatsenyuk Economy Minister of Ukraine Wednesday in Brussels.

According to him, Ukrainian party has almost finished bilateral negotiations with counties – WTO members. The Ministry plans to conduct next to last working meeting. “In fact, we are in the final stage,” pointed out Yatsenyuk.

In response to the question about possible date of accession Yatsenyuk said the date is not important for him. “I abandoned to make forecasts of Soviet five-year plans. It may happen (the WTO accession – ed.) then, when the whole democratic machine has reacted to the report,” said he.

The Minister rejected vigorously any influence of elections’ results on economic situation in Ukraine. “The elections will influence political situation in Ukraine. But as for economic one, everything has been worked out long ago. The only thing Ukraine needs is political will of the Parliament,” said he.

In this connection Yatsenyuk expressed hope that after the elections “such will will appear not only while passing necessary WTO legislative acts, but economic reforms as well.”

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Ukraine and Turkmenistan to discuss gas debt settlement

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 13:45

Ukraine and Turkmenistan to discuss gas debt settlement

Ukraine and Turkmenistan to discuss gas debt settlement

March 23, Ukrainian delegation will leave for Turkmenistan to discuss the pressing questions of gas supply and payment, Ukraine PM Yuri Yekhanurov told.

PM Yekhanurov noted Ukraine would like the problem to be considered within the context of the preparation to the signing of the long-termed bilateral agreement. He expressed hope this agreement will be inked during the visit of Saparmurat Niyazov’ to Ukraine. According to the preliminary information, it may happen by the end of April or the beginning of May.

PM Yekhanurov said Ukrainian owes Turkmenistan somewhat more than $150 million which makes the price for monthly volume of Turkmen gas supply to Ukraine.

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