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Turkmenistan made a “gas proposal” to Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2006


News / 30 June 2006 | 17:25

Turkmenistan made a “gas proposal” to Ukraine

Turkmenistan offered Ukraine to buy gas at $100 for 1000 cu m and to solve the transt question with Russia, press office of Turkmenistan Foreign Ministry reported.

During the negotiations between the Ukrainian delegation and Turkmenistan Ministry on oil and gas industry the Ukrainian party admitted the debt in the amount of 64 mln USD and assured Turkmenistan of the repayment in September.

The sides also discussed the supply of Turkmenistan gas to Ukraine. They agreed that the contract of December 2005 on supplies of natural gas from Turkmenistan to Ukraine in 2006 had lost validity and become obsolete. The Turkmenistan party proposed to make a new contract on supplies of Turkmenistan gas to Ukraine in the forth quarter of 2006 at the price of $100 for 1000 cu m.

The Ukrainian side was also offered to obtain a license for gas transit through the territory of Russia. Turkmenistan noted that it is ready to consider the issue of gas supplies to Ukraine in 2007, if the Ukrainian party obtains the transit license and makes corresponding agreement on supplies’ quota.

The Ukrainian delegation agreed with Turkmenistan’s arguments and left for Kyiv to have consultation with the government on gas price and other terms of supplies.

The negotiations will be continued later.

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The Party of Regions set its claim for the VR committees

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2006


News / 30 June 2006 | 15:36

The Party of Regions set its claim for the VR committees

The Party of Regions set its claim for the VR committees

The PR faction set a list of VR committees’ executive positions passed for the opposition, Taras Chornovil told Friday at a press conference.

Being in opposition, PR intends to claim for following VR committees: budget, fight corruption and organized criminality, control over the security structures, freedom of speech and mass media, observance of regulations, human and national minorities’ rights observance.

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Tarasyuk met Danish delegation

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2006


News / 30 June 2006 | 14:54

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Tarasyuk met Danish delegation

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Tarasyuk met Danish delegation

On June 29, 2006 in Kyiv, political consultations at the level of deputy heads of the foreign policy offices of Ukraine and the Kingdom of Denmark took place.

At the negotiations, the Ukrainian delegation was headed by Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Volodymyr Handogiy, and the Danish one by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Michael Zilmer-Johns, the MFA press service informs.

The participants of the negotiations positively assessed the current state of bilateral relations, discussed the political dialogue intensification prospect, in particular, the visit of the President of Ukraine to Denmark and cooperation development in economic and legal spheres.

The parties paid special attention to energy security of Ukraine and Europe, entry of Ukraine into the WTO and the ways of involvement of Danish technical assistance with Ukraine.

During discussion of cooperation of Ukraine with the EU and the NATO, the Danish side confirmed its support of European integration and Euro-Atlantic intentions of Ukraine.

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Expert’s opinion on SPU leader’s statement

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2006


News / 30 June 2006 | 14:39

Expert's opinion on SPU leader's statement

Expert’s opinion on SPU leader’s statement

In the wake of SPU leader’s latest statement about preferable substitution of Poroshenko with another OU member for the speaker’s chair, Rostyslav Ishchenko, Vice-President of the Corporative Relations Investigations Centre comments on the situation.

“I suppose Moroz’s statement on Poroshenko has been caused by mutual distrust existing within the coalition. The very distrust has already led to intensification of the political crisis and caused the PR protest action in the VR.

It is quite obvious fact for every normal person that if the orange coalitionists had a little trust in each other, they would hardly ‘to make a fool of themselves’ and vote in accordance with the regulation instead. However, BYuT rightly scares that after Poroshenko’s appointment Yushchenko’s close mates will say good- bye to Yulia Volodymyrivna,” said Ishchenko.

In order to force OU to vote by names in the secret vote for PM-Speaker packet playing into Tymoshenko’s hand Moroz dropped a hint that he does not posses a total control over his party and in that state of things the socialists would probably flunk Poroshenko in the secret vote. He tries to gain a psychological leverage on the Our Ukraine Party and to awake anti-Poroshenko forces inside the Our Ukraine for open protest. If such happens Tymoshenko and Moroz will get the opportunity to dictate OU their own conditions of further collaboration threatening by the division of OU faction in the VR, Ishchenko resumes.

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Bezsmertny: We invite opposition to sit at a negotiating table

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2006


News / 30 June 2006 | 13:47

We invite opposition to sit at a negotiating table

Bezsmertny: We invite opposition to sit at a negotiating table

“We were trying to work out a common position towards the situation in the Ukrainian parliament yesterday and the day before,” the Our Ukraine faction leader Roman Bezsmertny said at today’s briefing.

“I want to announce some common positions. First and foremost, we don’t accept ultimatums as a form of negotiations. Moreover, we have taken the steps proving our respect for opposition and admission of its rights,” he noted.

“The Party of Regions has a majority in the Kharkiv, Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhya regional councils and Crimean parliament. The rights of other political forces represented in city and oblast councils are not taken into account. They also have a right to be involved in state affairs,” he reminded.

“We have not given any grounds to say that we were going to violate the Constitution or the parliamentary rules. We haven’t submitted any draft resolution on the election of speaker and PM violating the parliamentary rules,” Bezsmertny said.

“The Council of the Coalition has not examined any document that would ignore the constitutional norms,” Bezsmertny emphasized.

“Thirdly, we do not like a strain of this ultimatum. It is aggressive. An ultimatum is a method of communication during combat operations and not in the Ukrainian parliament that has its traditions,”  he stressed.

“We support an idea to have a dialogue in the framework of the round table in line with the presidential proposal. The round table is to take place on Monday. The purpose is to find a way out of the situation. We don’t talk about distribution of committees. We talk about search of principles, which sphere of competence will belong to opposition and what the majority is to be involved in,” he noted.

“We always stood for information awareness of opposition and its right to make any critical remark with regard to power. But we are totally against giving the opposition a right to prevent the government from implementing its socio-economic programme,” Bezsmertny said.

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Yushchenko goes to Germany to support national team

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2006


News / 30 June 2006 | 13:22

Yushchenko goes to Germany to support national team

Yushchenko goes to Germany to support national team

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko is flying to Germany Friday to watch the match of Ukraine’s national team with Italian team in the quarte0final of the World football championship, as President’s press secretary Iryna Gerashchenko told journalists.

 “Today the President is going to Germany with a blitz-working visit for several hours,” said she.

Gerashchenko informed that the President invited two twelve-year-old boys from the school of Olympic reserve and added that, in coaches’ opinion, these boys are very promising and will play for Ukraine’s national team in the future.

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President meets coalition leaders

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2006


News / 30 June 2006 | 13:02

President meets coalition leaders

President meets coalition leaders

Victor Yushchenko has met with Yulia Tymoshenko (BYuT), Roman Bezsmertny (Our Ukraine) and Oleksandr Moroz (Socialist Party of Ukraine) to discuss the current parliamentary crisis, President’s press office reported.

The President is upset to see the opposition block the Verkhovna Rada and believes there are no reasons for such protests.

He reiterated that all the political leaders should negotiate and find compromises enabling them to settle the crisis. He urged them to be responsible and immediately resolve the destabilizing problems. 

The Head of State insisted that it was important to appoint speaker and hold a swearing-in ceremony of judges of the constitutional court.

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Russian Defense Minister accuses Ukraine of supplying cruise missile to China and Iran

Posted by the Editor on June 30, 2006


News / 30 June 2006 | 12:32

Russian Defense Minister accuses Ukraine of supplying cruise missile to China and Iran

Russian Defense Minister accuses Ukraine of supplying cruise missile to China and Iran

A Ukrainian firm supplied China and Iran with six long-range cruise missiles in 2000-2001, Russia’s defense minister said Friday, RIA Novosti reported.

Sergei Ivanov, who is also a deputy prime minister, said Ukraine’s Progress firm had supplied six Soviet Kh-55 Granat missiles (NATO reporting name AS-15 Kent) with nuclear capacity to China and another six missiles to Iran, adding that the authorities had been informed and an investigation started.

“This is the grossest violation of the control regime over missile technologies,” Ivanov said.

Ivanov said the deal had been conducted via a Cyprus-based company. He said the name of the company and the value of the deal were known, but declined to elaborate further.

Ivanov said it was the sole violation of the non-proliferation regime in the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States.

“Russia has been working to coordinate efforts in the non-proliferation sphere with its CIS partners and within the CSTO [the regional Collective Security Treaty Organization],” the minister said.

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