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Ukraine’s Yushchenko called Vladimir Putin

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News / 7 August 2006 | 20:29

Ukraine's Yushchenko called Vladimir Putin

Ukraine’s Yushchenko called Vladimir Putin

Victor Yushchenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin have discussed the successful settlement of last month’s parliamentary crisis resulting in the signing of the National Unity Pact, President’s press office reported.

They also discussed bilateral relations. The leaders assured each other they regarded cooperation between Ukraine and Russia as strategically vital. Additionally, they spoke about the projects carried out by the Yushchenko-Putin Commission.

Ukraine’s head of state said the new government had at last been formed and the presidents discussed Putin’s visit to Ukraine and Premier Yanukovych’s visit to the Russian Federation.   

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Ukraine’s government to reinstate free economic zones

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News / 7 August 2006 | 15:25

Ukraine's government to reinstate free economic zones

Ukraine’s government to reinstate free economic zones

Ukraine’s new government plans to reinstate tax privileges for certain regions and will consider increasing import customs, the first deputy prime minister said in an interview published Monday, “Chron.com” reported.

Both moves would be likely to benefit Ukraine’s industrial sector, whose leaders are the dominant force behind new Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions, and could help boost the country’s economy.

First Deputy Prime Minister Mykola Azarov laid out his top priorities in an interview posted Monday on Party of Regions’ Web site.

He said that three or four of Ukraine’s so-called free economic zones will be restored. He didn’t specify where, saying it would depend on where “big investment is truly located.”

The zones, which offer investors tax breaks and other incentives, were canceled in 2005 by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who said they allowed Ukraine’s oligarchs to bleed money from the state.

The cancellation sparked an outcry not only in Ukraine but also among foreign investors, particularly Polish firms. Yushchenko, who later fired Tymoshenko, called the cancellation a mistake.

“When I hear speculations that we’ll cause a huge hole in the state budget and missed revenues will be in the tens of billions, I want to say in answer: compared to other world economic zones, we are offering very few advantages, a thousand or hundreds of thousands time less than what you see in, say, China,” Azarov said.

He added that the government would explore how it could compensate investors who suffered unexpected losses when the zones were canceled.

Azarov also said that the new government would take another look at the low import customs on light industrial products and textiles, saying that Ukraine had until 2009 to lower the rates under agreements reached toward joining the World Trade Organization.

“However, the Cabinet of Ministers lowered customs already in 2005,” Azarov said. “Importers were allowed to become rich at the expense of the state treasury.”

The new government also said it would work to cut value-added tax and profit tax rates in 2008. Azarov said the country would look into the financial health of the state’s gas company, Naftogaz, to determine what was happening with Ukraine’s own gas resources, which he said should be enough to supply the domestic sector.

But as for revising this year’s controversial gas deal with Russia, and possibly removing the middleman RosUkrEnergo, Azarov said that wasn’t atop his agenda.

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Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine does not contradict accession into CEA

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News / 7 August 2006 | 14:15

Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine does not contradict accession into CEA

Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine does not contradict accession into CEA

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Borys Tarasyuk considers that Ukraine’s aspirations to gain membership in NATO and the European Union do not contradict participation in Common Economic Area.

He told in an interview to radio “Svoboda” that these two courses are compatible. According to him, it follows the Universal of national unity.

Tarasyuk expressed assurance that Ukraine would become the WTO member before the end of this year. He considers that there is a consensus between all political forces of the new coalition concerning Ukraine’s accession into the WTO.

In response to the question which country the new-elected Prime Minister should visit first, Tarasyuk named Russia. “First visits should be paid to Moscow to renew the dialogue and to start solving the problems. I also think about visits to Brussels and Washington,” Ukraine’s Foreign Minister said.

Tarasyuk optimistically looks forward to cooperation with Russia in gas sphere. “We have grounds to hope that the new government will manage to agree with Russia on gas supplies,” Tarasyuk declared.

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Ukraine’s President undergoes medical examination

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News / 7 August 2006 | 13:04

Ukraine's President undergoes medical examination

Ukraine’s President undergoes medical examination

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko undergoes systematic medical consultations and is leaving for Crimea next week, as press secretary of the President reported.

“At the beginning of the week the President is undergoing systematic medical consultation in one of medical institutions. It is planned that this week the Head of State is leaving for Crimea to work in his summer residence,” Gerashchenko said.

According to her, the President is going to hold a number of meetings in Crimea, including meetings with the autonomy’s government, and to visit a number of cities.

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Bush congratulated Ukraine’s President on new Premier (updated)

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News / 7 August 2006 | 12:18

Bush congratulated Ukraine's President on new Premier (updated)

Bush congratulated Ukraine’s President on new Premier (updated)

President of the United States George Bush sent congratulation to Ukraine’s President Victor Yushchenko in connection with election of new Prime Minister and formation of new government, Yushchenko’s press office reported.

US President promises Ukrainian leader support in providing energy security and intensification of Euro-Atlantic relations of Ukraine.

“I hope for continuation of our cooperation to help Ukraine promoting economic reforms, strengthening energy security, fighting with corruption and intensifying Euro_atlantic relations,” the congratulation says.

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Tymoshenko: New Ukraine’s coalition is incompatible with life

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News / 7 August 2006 | 11:59

New Ukraine's coalition is incompatible with life

Tymoshenko: New Ukraine’s coalition is incompatible with life

Leader of Ukrainian opposition Yulia Tymoshenko calls the new governmental coalition in Ukraine “politically explosive mixture.”

“This coalition is unnatural and incompatible with life,” Tymoshenko told in an interview with Spanish newspaper “Pais”.

According to her, the agreement, which the coalition is based on, is an alliance of “people with corporative and entrepreneur mentality, who come to power with the intention to earn money and for whom democracy means nothing.”

Tymoshenko said the agreement had been signed on conditions stated by Ukraine’s PM Yanukovich, and provided for complete surrender of the President and his team.

Ukraine‘s opposition leader considers she will not stay long in this capacity.

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Ukraine’s PM wants be reconciled with Russia

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News / 7 August 2006 | 11:40

Ukraine's PM wants be reconciled with Russia

Ukraine’s PM wants be reconciled with Russia

Ukraine‘s new Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovych, says he wants to end disputes between Kiyv and Moscow over key issues such as NATO membership and the price of Russian gas supplies, RFE/RL reports.

In an interview with the Russian government newspaper “Rossiiskaya gazeta,” Yanukovych said Ukraine needed “to stop quarreling” with its neighbors.

He said his government would negotiate over the gas price, and that the issue of NATO membership would be put to voters in a referendum.

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Yanukovych states his government will unite Ukraine

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News / 7 August 2006 | 11:19

Yanukovych states his government will unite Ukraine

Yanukovych states his government will unite Ukraine

Speaking at the new Cabinet’s first session, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych expressed his conviction that understanding, which had been reached between Ukraine’s political elites, would allow to unite the Ukrainian society. “The Ukrainian people have never been an aggressive nation. So, when we united with our partners a similar process can be expected to start within the Ukrainian society,” Viktor Yanukovych stated his belief.

As Viktor Yanukovych stressed, his Government, which has been formed, as a result of a compromise, will be able to work stably for at least five years and to improve significantly the people’s living standards.

Yanukovych stated his intention to change significantly mechanisms of the Government’s interactions with the Parliament, the regions, as well as to renovate the management system of executive authority bodies. Viktor Yanukovych also backed carrying out the tax and administrative reforms, further adjusting Ukraine’s legislation to European norms and standards.

In the Government’s work, he said, we will actively rely on our predecessors’ attainments, which must be capitalized upon.

Ukraine’s PM declares that the 2007 budget bill will be adopted after the Government has endorsed its Action Plan. As Viktor Yanukovych stressed, he had no intention to totally discard the former Government’s budget-related work.

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