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Ukraine intends to extend free trade zone

Posted by the Editor on June 26, 2007


News / 26 June 2007 | 17:50

Ukraine intends to extend free trade zone

Ukraine intends to extend free trade zone

Since June 28 Ukraine and Turkey will start negotiating on formation of free trade zone. President Viktor Yushchenko told today the journalists, referring to the agreements achieved with Turkish colleague.

Yushchenko noted that in fact since June 28 Ukraine starts negotiations with Turkey on formation of free trade zone based on principles of the World Trade Organization.

Yushchenko did not exclude that such negotiations will be held with other countries.

“Bulgaria, Romania also stick to such idea and all countries who are in the WTO appreciate this idea,” the President noted..

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Yushenko to choose between Kyrylenko and Lutsenko

Posted by the Editor on June 26, 2007


News / 26 June 2007 | 17:25

Yushenko to choose between Kyrylenko and Lutsenko

Yushenko to choose between Kyrylenko and Lutsenko

President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko sees two real candidates to the positions of the leaders of future democratic forces mega bloc, in particular “Our Ukraine” chairman Vyacheslav Kyrylenko and “People’s self-defense” leader Yuriy Lutsenko. The President has told that in an interview to journalists in Istanbul.

Yushchenko has emphasized that he sees the advantages in both candidates. “I do not think this question needs an immediate answer. There are several days more. I have held the negotiations with the both sides, and I have an idea about their optimism and prospects. I can say only that the decision will be made in accordance to all the positions,” Yushchenko told.

The President noted, it will be the agreed decision, because today it is necessary to speak about the configuration basis and the electoral program that will help bloc to achieve a greater number of voters’ sympathies.

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Shlapak slams State Property Fund

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News / 26 June 2007 | 17:00

Shlapak slams State Property Fund

Shlapak slams State Property Fund

Oleksandr Shlapak, President Victor Yushchenko’s first deputy chief of staff and representative to the Cabinet of Ministers, has described a recent ruling by the Economic Court of Kyiv to rescind the Luganskteplovoz privatization contract as impartial and fair. Shlapak said on Tuesday the ruling showed that the privatization sphere was in deep crisis because of the ineffective management by the State Property Fund. He said the State Property Fund “has benefited from political turmoil and made a few decisions that might worsen the investment climate and cause much financial damage.”

Shlapak said Yushchenko had appealed to the prosecutor general’s office to find out whether the State Property Fund had adhered to the country’s laws when selling Luganskteplovoz and other state companies, like Lvivprylad. The Prosecutor General’s Office has concluded that the State Property Fund had no reasons to bar Ukrainian companies from participating in the Luganskteplovoz auction, he added, President’s press office reported.

Shlapak insisted that those in charge of that privatization must be prosecuted.

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Shpeck: EU interest in Ukrainian politicians is being increased

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News / 26 June 2007 | 16:30

EU interest in Ukrainian politicians is being increased

Shpeck: EU interest in Ukrainian politicians is being increased

Ukrainian ambassador to the EU Roman Shpeck is assured the EU officials are interested in meetings with Ukrainian politicians. He told journalists in Brussels on Tuesday.

“European politicians are ready to work with representatives of whole political Ukrainian spectrum, in order to understand the intentions of Ukrainian politicians and also to report the position that European side holds,'” Shpeck told.

The ambassador noted, from time to time representatives of different Ukrainian political forces come to Brussels, and an European officials’ interest in them is always present, “UNIAN” informs.

Shpeck also noted that of course, great interest in the “Our Ukraine” representatives exists, in consideration of “historical merits” in processes organization, which determined the begging of changes in Ukraine after 2004.

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President met with Constantinopolitan Patriarch Bartholomew

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News / 26 June 2007 | 16:00

President met with Constantinopolitan Patriarch Bartholomew

President met with Constantinopolitan Patriarch Bartholomew

President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko on Tuesday met with Constantinopolitan Patriarch Bartholomew during his visit to Istanbul.

During the meeting, religious issue of formation of the Orthodox Church, independent from Moscow Patriarchate, which President Yushchenko supports, was discussed.

The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate has already expressed its anxiety on this meeting in Istanbul and has named the President’s actions as “interference in Church’s activity”.

As a reminder, the possibility of formation of the Orthodox Church, independent from Moscow Patriarchate, and which would be ruled by Constantinopolitan patriarchate, was discussed in the Ukrainian mass media more that once. It is known that this idea is supported by some “orange” politicians, who hold negotiations with Patriarch Bartholomew.

“A delegation with Ukrainian officials went to Patriarch Bartholomew with a request to solve this situation in Ukraine or to influence on its solution,” archbishop Mitrophan, the governing of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s activity, told.

A question of present political situation was also discussed. Bartholomew said he prayed for Ukraine’s unity and expressed hopes early elections would stabilize the country. He asked Yushchenko to give his blessings to the Ukrainian people.

The President said the country “is on the right path, which is supported by more and more people.”

Yushchenko and Bartholomew then exchanged gifts.

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PACE to send observers to early elections in Ukraine

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News / 26 June 2007 | 15:41

PACE to send observers to early elections in Ukraine

PACE to send observers to early elections in Ukraine

Rene van der Linden, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, haswritten a letter to President Victor Yushchenko to confirm that PACE will send its observers to parliamentary elections in Ukraine, Secretariat Chief of Staff Viktor Baloha said on Tuesday, President’s press office reported.

“In this message from Strasbourg, the Assembly Bureau emphasizes its appreciation of the significance of the September 30 poll. They are forming a special delegation of 40 representatives to monitor the election. Moreover, a commission of five delegates will arrive in Ukraine a month before the poll,” he said, adding that the letter showed that the international community considered Ukraine’s election as the sole way to resolve its long-lasting political crisis. “Unlike some Ukrainian politicians, Europe does not doubt the election will be held on September 30 and is getting ready to monitor it. This is another signal to those political forces which hope to upset the process. Their hopes are vain.”

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Moroz considers early elections dangerous adventure

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News / 26 June 2007 | 15:07

Moroz considers early elections dangerous adventure

Moroz considers early elections dangerous adventure

The VRU chairman Olexander Moroz calls local Councils not to participate actively in early parliamentary elections in case they take place. He told today at the conference dedicated to 15th anniversary of Association of Ukraine’s Cities and communities, the ForUm’s correspondent informed.

According to Moroz, these elections are very dangerous political adventure for State. In case these elections take place, let nobody use your possibilities in their interests,” he said.

Moroz also noted that it is necessary to provide decentralization of power in Ukraine. According to him, tomorrow the parliament is going to consider changes to the Constitution in order to forward this draft bill on changes to the CCU for results. He expressed a hope that this draft bill will be finally considered in the parliament in autumn, UNIAN informed.

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President outlined energy priorities

Posted by the Editor on June 26, 2007


News / 26 June 2007 | 14:05

President outlined energy priorities

President outlined energy priorities

President Viktor Yushchenko on Tuesday spoke at the 10th Istanbul Conference “The East Meets the West: New Borders of Energy Security”, President’s press office informs.

In his speech, Yushchenko said it was Ukraine’s top priority to diversify energy transportation routes to strengthen energy security and described energy monopolies as the major problem and threat. “We have seen many times energy being used as a means of pressure. This is an undesirable and dangerous tendency,” he said and added that Ukraine was among the authors of a pan-European energy strategy to guarantee the rights of energy producers, energy transporters and energy consumers. “Transparent and mutually beneficial energy relationships are a basis for future energy security.” Ukraine supports a recent appeal by the European Parliament to the Russian Federation to ratify the European Energy Charter, he added.

Speaking about the country’s energy plans, the President noted: “We are aiming at developing the Odesa-Brody oil pipeline as an important element of the Eurasian Oil Corridor’, and added that “westward extension of oil pipe line is underway”.

“Kyiv is ready to consider proposals regarding the creation of an international consortium to extend the Odesa-Brody oil pipeline to Plock, as well as the pipe oil production and its transportation,” he said, expressing confidence that the successful implementation of this project would help create “a new, civilized, transparent energy market in Europe.”

Yushchenko pledged to ensure Ukraine pipes gas safety transit through the whole country, without interruptions. “Ukraine has always acted and will act as a responsible and reliable partner,” he said, adding that the country was now modernizing its gas transportation system and so was interested in implementing the NABUKKO gas pipeline project.

As producer of electricity, Ukraine also aims to increase its presence in Europe and thus was consistently fulfilling the program to join the UCTE system.

Speaking about nuclear energy, the President said Ukraine would take measures to enhance reliability and security of its nuclear reactors and would build new power plants. “Ukraine is putting its energy policy on a qualitatively new level, which means higher reliability and energy efficiency.”

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