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Ukraine’s Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador in Russia to assume office within few weeks

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 13:00

Ukraine's Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador in Russia to assume office within few weeks

Ukraine’s Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador in Russia to assume office within few weeks

The President decree of March 21 approved of Ukrainian Ambassador in Russia appointment. Oleh Dyomin was appointed Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to Russia.

Before President’s departure for Ternopol region, President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko and newly appointed diplomat discussed the main trends of the Embassy’s functions. Speaking at the briefing, Dyomin characterized the discussion as “a general talk  with the common approaches of strategic character.” The main attention was paid to the issues relating to the development of Russia-Ukraine relationship and the pressing questions of its kind. Yushchenko-Putin Commission functioning is the issue of the great importance, Dyomin told.

In the diplomat’s opinion, the Embassy’s key target is to have Russian confidence and to organize work the way it will benefit bilateral ties. Concerning his own departure for Moscow, Dyomin said it is a question of few weeks.

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Russia aims at recognition of the Russian language in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 12:39

Russia aims at recognition of the Russian language in Ukraine

Russia aims at recognition of the Russian language in Ukraine

Russia Foreign Ministry officials hope that the Russian language will obtain the status of the regional language not only in Kharkiv region, but in other Ukraine’s regions.

“We’d like to believe this decision of Kharkiv city council to tell on the situation with recognition of the Russian language not only in Kharkiv region, but in other Ukraine’s regions also,” says the commentary of Russia information and press department, published on the Ministry’s web-site.

According to Russian diplomats, due to this decision the Russian language could be used as a language of official relations. “Equally with the Ukrainian language Russian will be used in paper work, correspondence between local authorities; streets’ signs will also be bilingual,” as noted in the commentary.

Russian MFA officials consider that not only Kharkiv citizens wait for this, 65-70% of whom are Russian speaking, but also millions of other Russian speakers, local authorities and Ukrainian intelligentsia.

March 6, 2006 Kharkiv city council decided to recognize the Russian language as regional in Kharkiv region and established the use of Russian as a working language in official work and official papers.

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Yanukovich congratulated Lukashenka on his election

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 12:00

Yanukovich congratulated Lukashenka on his election

Yanukovich congratulated Lukashenka on his election

Leader of Party of Regions Victor Yanukovich congratulated Alexander Lukashenka on his election on the post of President of Belarus, as reported press office of the party.

“Dear Mr. President, congratulate you on the election on the high post of the President of Belarus. I am profoundly convinced that inviolable friendship between Ukrainian and Belarusian peoples will continue strengthening with your active assistance.

I wish you health, well and happiness, every success in your activity for the sake of Belarus prosperity,” says Yanukovich’s statement.

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Makedonian military delegation visits Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 11:42

Makedonian military delegation visits Ukraine

Makedonian military delegation visits Ukraine

March 22, Ukraine hosts the delegation of Republic of Macedonia Armed Forces headed by Brigade General Zoran Lekoski, the Military Ministry press office reported.

The main attention will be paid to the training of the land and air forces personnel. In the course of the meeting, Macedonian land and air officers are to share their experience with Ukrainian counterparts.

The head of Ukrainian delegation Deputy Land Forces Commander Lieutenant General Valery Frolov and Brigade General Zoran Lekoski plan to discuss the participation of Ukrainian Armed Forces in the peacemaking operation under the NATO aegis, Ukrainian helicopter units particularly. As a reminder, Ukrainian helicopter units repeatedly prove their high level of preparedness under grave conditions of peacemaking operations.

The visit will last to March 25.

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PACE to observe Ukraine elections

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 10:38

PACE to observe Ukraine elections

PACE to observe Ukraine elections

A thirty-seven-member, cross-party delegation from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), headed by Renate Wohlwend (Liechtenstein, EPP/CD), will observe the 26 March parliamentary elections in Ukraine, PACE press office informs.

The delegation, which will work alongside observers from the OSCE and NATO Parliamentary Assemblies and the European Parliament, will arrive in Kyiv on 23 March. They are due to meet party representatives, election officials and representatives of civil society and the media as well as observing polling on the day of the vote.

The delegation will be accompanied by a member of the Venice Commission, the Council of Europe’s group of independent legal experts, which has adopted opinions on Ukraine’s laws on elections of people’s deputies and the State redister of voters. 

A delegation from the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will be observing the local and regional elections, which take place on the same day as the parliamentary elections.

A four-member PACE pre-election delegation which visited the country from 28 February to 2March 2006 welcomed in a statement the “vastly improved atmosphere” in which the electoral campaign was taking place, but said some areas of concern remained.

The delegation is composed as follows:

Socialist Group (SOC)

Abdülkadir ATEŞ
 
Jaime BLANCO
 
Anna ČURDOV&#-4;/DIV>

 
Andreas GROSS
 
Jean-Pol HENRY
                   Turkey
 
                   Spain
 
                   Czech Republic
 
                   Switzerland
 
                   Belgium

Sinikka HURSKAINEN              Finland

Tadeusz IWIŃSKI                     Poland

Tony LLOYD                           United Kingdom

Rainder STEENBLOCK           Germany

Frans TIMMERMANS              Netherlands

Birut矖ĖSAITĖ                       Lithuania

Group of the European People’s Party (EPP/CD)

Pedro AGRAMUNT                  Spain

Jean-Guy BRANGER               France

Erol Aslan CEBECI                  Turkey

ije Gunhild Woie DUESUND  Norway

Urszula GACEK                       Poland

Andres HERKEL                      Estonia

Oskars KASTĒNS                    Latvia

Ibrahim ՚AL                          Turkey

Kimmo SASI                            Finland

Renate WOHLWEND*             Liechtenstein

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

Gurgen ARSENYAN                Armenia

Stef GORIS                             Belgium

Mike HANCOCK                      United Kingdom

Johannes RANDEGGER         Switzerland

Fran殩s ROCHEBLOINE        France

Hanne SEVERINSEN*             Denmark

Gabor SZALAY                       Hungary

Jelleke VEENENDAAL            Netherlands

European Democrat Group (EDG)

Toomas ALATALU                 Estonia

Mevlüt ƁVUŞOĞLU*            Turkey

Nigel EVANS                         United Kingdom

Morten MESSERSCHMIDT    Denmark

Ganira PASHAYEVA              Azerbaijan

Yuri SOLONIN                        Russia

Emanuelis ZINGERIS             Lithuania

Group of the Unified European Left (UEL)

Doros CHRISTOUDOULIDES* Cyprus

Venice Commission

Angel SANCHEZ NAVARRO, Expert Spain

* These members were part of the pre-election delegation.

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President Yushchenko: “The currency market is stable”

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 10:20

President Yushchenko: “The currency market is stable”

Victor Yushchenko and National Bank Chairman Volodymyr Stelmakh discussed banking issues.

Stelmakh said the National Bank had inspected nineteen banks and particularly Elita-Center financial partners and assured the Chief of State that these banks worked legally and had not transferred any currency to foreign countries and hence had no relationship to that scandalous fraud, the president press office informed.

Then Yushchenko and Stelmakh discussed mechanisms to prevent banks from being involved in such machinations and protect investors. They also spoke about the current state of Ukraine’s currency market. The President asked the NBU Chairman to keep society fully informed in order to disprove political and populist statements about the hryvnya instability.

“At the moment, there are no reasons for the currency exchange rate to change suddenly, and the market is stable and predictable,” Stelmakh said.

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President of Ukraine met Vuk Drašković

Posted by the Editor on March 22, 2006


News / 22 March 2006 | 10:00

President of Ukraine met Vuk Drašković

President of Ukraine met Vuk Drašković

Victor Yushchenko met with Vuk Drašković, Serbia and Montenegro Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The President said our political, trade and humanitarian relations were dynamically developing but still insisted that the two countries should forge closer economic ties. He added that the bilateral intergovernmental commission should formulate a 2006-2007 action plan at its meeting to start some mutually beneficial projects. Mr. Yushchenko also suggested that Ukraine should hold a festival of Serbian and Montenegrin culture and invite more students as a member of the Bologna process.

Mr. Drašković, in turns, urged Ukrainian businessmen tointensify investment in markets of Serbia and Montenegro.

Then the President said the two countries shared the ambition to join the European Union.

Ukraine’s Health Minister Yuriy Polyachenko, First Deputy Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko , Ukraine’s Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro Anatoly Oliynyk and Serbia and Montenegro Ambassador to Ukraine Goran Aleksić attended the meeting.

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