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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry: Russia interferes in Ukraine’s internal affairs

Posted by the Editor on September 29, 2006


News / 29 September 2006 | 16:00

Russia interferes in Ukraine's internal affairs

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry: Russia interferes in Ukraine’s internal affairs

As Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk told a Thursday news conference in Kyiv, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement about alleged discrimination against the Russian language in Ukraine reveals nothing new in Russia’s stand on that issue, Cabinet’s press office reports.

Rather, it is strange that the statement originated from the Russian Foreign Ministry, Tarasyuk noted.

He referred to the statement as an obvious interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

As Borys Tarasyuk noted, the Russian language problem occasionally surfaces in Ukrainian – Russian relations.

Having called this “counter-productive and overpoliticized,” Borys Tarasyuk noted with regret that the Russian side keeps fanning passions over this issue, which cannot but cause our concer.

As Borys Tarasyuk disclosed, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry was supposed to issue an official statement to this effect on Thursday.

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Ukraine WTO entry no danger to trade with Russia

Posted by the Editor on September 29, 2006


News / 29 September 2006 | 15:38

Ukraine WTO entry no danger to trade with Russia

Ukraine WTO entry no danger to trade with Russia

Ukraine’s accession to the World Trade Organization will not harm progress in trade relations with Russia, the economics minister said Friday, RIA Novosti reports.

Ukraine’s president has set WTO membership by the end of 2006 as a government priority, but the country’s Russian-leaning prime minister, elected in early August, has said more time may be needed to study all conditions for entry.

As well as their efforts to join the WTO, Ukraine and Russia are also committed to a long-term objective of forming a free-trade zone along with other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, a loose confederation of ex-Soviet republics.

Economics Minister Volodymyr Makukha said, “The differences in tariff positions [at Ukraine and Russia’s talks on entering the global trade body] from both sides should not influence the forming of free trade zones.”

In August, premier Viktor Yanukovich attended talks in southern Russia with leaders of other ex-Soviet republics, which included coordinating the countries’ positions on WTO entry.

Russia is also seeking to join the WTO by the end of year but its bid has encountered problems in negotiations with the United States.

Ukraine “is ready for consultations and to seek mutually acceptable solutions, which will not hinder the development of trade and economic relations between Russia and Ukraine,” the economics minister said.

Ukraine is already conducting trade at an 80% level of compliance with WTO norms, which is causing certain “undesirable discrepancies in trade relations between our countries,” Makukha said.

The minister also reiterated Ukraine’s goal of joining the Common Economic Space (CES), along with Eurasian Economic Community members Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.

“Ukraine’s participation in the CES meets our interests, as well as the interests of our partners. We are actively working on plans for our involvement in the CES,” Makukha said.

“The CES should be an active mechanism for realizing large infrastructure projects,” he said.

In January-June, Russian-Ukrainian trade grew 8% year-on-year, reaching $12 billion, the minister said.

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EBRD to grant 20 mln USD loan to Odesa-based Black Sea Shipping Management Co Ltd

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News / 29 September 2006 | 15:19

EBRD to grant 20 mln USD loan to Odesa-based Black Sea Shipping Management Co Ltd

EBRD to grant 20 mln USD loan to Odesa-based Black Sea Shipping Management Co Ltd

According to EBRD Representation sources in Kyiv, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will grant to 20 mln USD loan to the Odesa-based Black Sea Shipping Management Co Ltd (BSSM), of which sum 10 mln USD will be granted as a syndicated credit from the Bank of Scotland, Cabinet’s press office reported.

The loan will be used to finance projects for constructing five 5,500-ton freighters.

According to EBRD expert Riccardo Puliti, the loan correspondents to the EBRD’s strategy for supporting Ukraine’s transportation sector.

The loan will allow the BSSM to enhance its standards of marine cargo carriage.

As of this day and date, the EBRD has invested over 400 M. euros in Ukraine’s transportation sector.

The EBRD’s total investments in the Ukrainian economy exceed 2.4 bn. euros.

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GUAM Secretariat will start functioning not earlier than January 1, 2007

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News / 29 September 2006 | 14:54

GUAM Secretariat will start functioning not earlier than January 1, 2007

GUAM Secretariat will start functioning not earlier than January 1, 2007

As Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk told a Thursday press conference in Kyiv, the Verkhovna Rada has not yet ratified the GUAM Statute, so the GUAM Secretariat will start functioning not earlier than January 1, 2007.

As far as the organisation’s budget is concerned, it has been endorsed, but will take effect only after the GUAM member nations’ budgets have been adopted, Mr Tarasyuk noted.

He stated the GUAM’s tentative budget at 500,000 USD.

Commenting on likely candidates for the GUAM Secretary General, Borys Tarasyuk said the member-nations had agreed to appoint Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister Valeriy Chechelashvili, once BSEC Secretary General, to the post.

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Ukraine’s PM: Nobody accounted earlier

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News / 29 September 2006 | 14:12

Nobody accounted earlier

Ukraine’s PM: Nobody accounted earlier

In the near future the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will consider a law on regional self-government, as Ukraine’s Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych told journalists in Donetsk, ForUm’s correspondent reported.

According to the Premier, Ukraine needs decentralization of the power. It will let to concentrate resources in the regions to solve regional problems.

“And then we will get responsible state bodies of government, distribution of commission between the Cabinet, the President and regional authorities. It will help to come out on a new level of responsibility,” Yanukovych said.

“Speaking about the central bodies of the power, the regions always asked me whether they (the power -ed.) would agree. And nobody has ever borne responsibility. Now the coalition has been formed in the parliament, which will change the situation and bodies of local self-government will come out on the new level,” the Premier added.

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Ukraine’s President presented awards to educators

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News / 29 September 2006 | 13:51

Ukraine's President presented awards to educators

Ukraine’s President presented awards to educators

Victor Yushchenko presented state awards to Ukraine’s best educators yesterday, President’s press office reported.

In his speech, the President said the role of pedagogues in society was immensely important, “for teachers mould outlooks and values of their pupils.”

“I am convinced the most important goal of any school is to bring up citizens. You must teach children to love their motherland and be proud of being citizens of their country,” he said.

Yushchenko opined that good education was a key to progress of any nation, helping it face challenges.

“We must be Europe’s most educated nation,” he said.

Ukraine’s Head of State said the government had introduced independent testing at schools to fairly evaluate knowledge and root out corruption. He added that the cabinet had also established scholarships and prizes to honor the most gifted students and teachers. 

He said the welfare of Ukrainian educators was improving and hopes they will earn as much as industrial workers in a couple of years.

Yushchenko explained that his kind attitude toward teachers was due to his origin, for he “was born into a family of teachers and saw this hard work.”

“I think this profession is holy,” he said, wishing those present a happy Teacher’s Day, which is celebrated on October 1, success and “generous fruits of their tireless labor.”

Ukraine’s Education Minister Stanislav Nikolayenko attended the award ceremony. 

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Ukraine is ready to cover Russia’s shortages of electric power

Posted by the Editor on September 29, 2006


News / 29 September 2006 | 13:28

Ukraine is ready to cover Russia's shortages of electric power

Ukraine is ready to cover Russia’s shortages of electric power

According to Deputy Fuel & Energy Minister Aleksei Sheberstov, Ukraine is ready to cover Russia’s shortages of electric power, Cabinet’s press office reported.

Russia has asked Ukraine for assisting Russia in meeting the latter’s commitments with regard to exports of electric power to third nations.

As Ukraine has got several idling facilities to generate electric power Ukraine might offset Russia’s shortages, in exchange for supplies of natural gas to Ukrainian fuel-fired power plants, Sheberstov noted.

As he disclosed, the likely deal’s commercial nuances are being discussed.

The talks, he disclosed, will be completed in October.

The talks involve the INTER RAO YEES (“Russia’s Integrated Energy System”) on the Russian side, Sheberstov added.

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Ukraine’s PM attends exhibition of the housing and communal services’ equipment

Posted by the Editor on September 29, 2006


News / 29 September 2006 | 12:56

Ukraine's PM attends exhibition of the housing and communal services' equipment

Ukraine’s PM attends exhibition of the housing and communal services’ equipment

Prime Minister of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych has just arrived at the exhibition of equipment of the housing and communal enterprises in Donetsk.

The PM was met by chairman of the Donetsk regional state administration Volodymyr Lohvinenko, vice PM Volodymyr Rybak, chairman of the regional council Anatoly Bluznyuk and mayor of Donetsk Oleksandr Luk’yanchenko.

As Donetsk mayor told journalists, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine pays great attention to the problem of the housing and communal services. “Yesterday Yanukovych set a task to the city officials to present a program of reformation of the housing and communal services. You know the Premier; he is very concrete person, so we pass from words to deeds,” Rybak said.

According to participants of the exhibition, heads of housing and communal enterprises of Donetsk, Kyiv, Sevastopol, these are energy saving technologies, which will let to provide Ukrainians with heat in conditions of increase of gas prices.

The exhibition presents heat- and water supply equipment which give the opportunity to reduce spending for energy carriers as well as machineries for municipal economy – buses, tank trucks, graders, refuse collector and other equipment.

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