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US: Ukraine’s membership in NATO is none of Russia’s business

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News / 17 July 2008 | 17:45

Ukraine's membership in NATO is none of Russia's business

US: Ukraine’s membership in NATO is none of Russia’s business

Entrance of Ukraine to NATO is the issues to be resolved by
members of the alliance and Russia
cannot interfere in it, Sean McCormack, the spokesman for the US Department of
State stated at a briefing in Washington commenting
on the foreign policy of Russia
approved by President Dmitriy Medvedyev.

“US President’s position
was very clear at the Bucharest Summit regarding the support of Ukraine’s and Georgia’s membership in NATO. We,
as well as other NATO countries, are holding consultations within Russia-NATO
council, but Russia
does not have a vote. NATO membership is the issues to be decided by members of
the Alliance,” McCormack
said

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Tobacco, alcohol and gambling stands forbidden in Kyiv

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News / 17 July 2008 | 16:50

Tobacco, alcohol and gambling stands forbidden in Kyiv

The Kyiv City Council made a decision to remove all tobacco, alcohol
and gambling stands from the city. 89 of 100 members of the City
Council supported the proposition, according to the RBK-Ukraine
agency. From today the district administrations are debarred from
licensing the small architectural forms.

According to the Secretary of Kyiv City Council, the committee on
small architectural forms will deliver a list of goods allowed for sale
at the stands, following the current legislation.

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Zhvania was caught in the airport

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News / 17 July 2008 | 15:47

Zhvania was caught in the airport

Zhvania was caught in the airport

Member
of Parliament David Zhvania received a summons to appear in the
Prosecutor’s General Office of Ukraine at 10.00 a.m. on July 23, UNIAN reported.

In an interview to Ukrayinska Pravda Zhvania
disclosed that the summons was given to him by
around ten PGO employees in the Boryspil airport at 21.30 on Wednesday,
July 16.

“I was seeing off my family that was departing on
vacation. I was met with cameras, and, in presence of my children, they
rudely handed me the summons”, Zhvania claimed.

According to
him, the summons was signed by S.Batrakov, deputy chief of a Ukrainian
Security Service department, on instruction of the Prosecutor’s General
Office.

“I called them morons and freaks. I did not mean them
personally but the whole system that operates in such a way”, the
lawmaker said to UP. “Because I had been staying at my workplace for
the whole day, and went home several tens of times, to help my family
prepare for the journey”, he said.

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Yushchenko’s daughter Vitalina replaced her father

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News / 17 July 2008 | 14:56

Yushchenko’s daughter Vitalina replaced her father

Yushchenko’s daughter Vitalina presented keys and awards to families of dependent children Zakarpattya.

Today on July 17 eleven families of dependent children participating
in the “Comfort a child with love” mutual business-governmental project
initiated by the President received keys of new apartments and state awards.

They thought that the President of Ukraine personally would award these families, but Minister for Family, Youth and Sport of Ukraine Yuriy
Pavlenko, the Head of the “Development of Ukraine” foundation of Rynat
Akhmetov Anatoliy Zabolotnyi and the President of the National Charity
Council of the President of Ukraine Vitalina Yushchenko acted for him.

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EU neighbourhood policy ‘unacceptable’ for Ukraine – Yelisieiev

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News / 17 July 2008 | 14:00

EU neighbourhood policy ‘unacceptable’ for Ukraine – Yelisieiev

Ukraine’s
deputy foreign minister and chief negotiator on a new enhanced
agreement has said that the EU’s neighbourhood policy brings “no added
value” to Ukraine, according to The Parliament.

Speaking
after the start of the ninth round of negotiations on a new EU-Ukraine
agreement on Wednesday, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev said, “For Ukraine, the
European neighbourhood policy doesn’t exist. All elements contained in
the ENP were already implemented or about to be implemented by Ukraine.

“For
the time being there is no real added value. The ENP is considered as a
replacement for enlargement, which is very dangerous for Ukraine.
That’s why, for us, it’s unacceptable.”

Yelisieiev said officials
at the meeting made “significant progress” on the preamble to the new
enhanced agreement, one of the most contentious issues on the table for
the next EU-Ukraine summit on 9 September in Evian.

Ukraine wants a firm “membership perspective” written into the preamble, effectively making it an accession pact.

The
EU, however, has refused to be drawn on what kind of agreement it will
be, with external relations chief Benita Ferrero-Waldner admitting only
last week that the executive still “didn’t know”.

But Ukraine has
not changed its stance on the ENP, as Yelisieiev admits. “From the very
beginning we were critical. From the very beginning our president
stated that the limited or narrow framework of this policy is not
suitable for the strategic goal of Ukraine, which is EU integration.”

He
said Ukraine wants practical offers from the EU, and wouldn’t be drawn
on the recent Polish and Swedish initiative for an ‘eastern
partnership’ until he sees exactly what it suggests.

“If the
substance reflects Ukrainian interests, we could accept it. For us, the
litmus test for this initiative is a visa-free regime. If that is
there, then of course we will have a positive reaction.”

A ‘visa
facilitation’ regime for Ukraine came into effect on 1 January this
year, which was supposed to make it easier for Ukrainian citizens to
apply for EU visas.

However, according to Yelisieiev, there have been many violations of “clear-cut articles” in the agreement since that date.

His
idea, which he says he has put to EU politicians, is to create what he
calls a roadmap containing “realistic and clear-cut benchmarks” to be
met by Ukraine, preparing the ground for visa-free travel.

“If EU
leaders have a strategic political vision, they need to send to Ukraine
at this stage a very clear political message that in the future they
will recognise the European aspirations of Ukraine,” he added.

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Tymoshenko’s faction presents an ultimatum to Yushchenko

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News / 17 July 2008 | 13:20

Tymoshenko's faction presents an ultimatum to Yushchenko

Tymoshenko’s faction presents an ultimatum to Yushchenko

BYuT faction will call
special session of the parliament if the President recalls his draft bill on
budget amendments, BYuT deputy Andriy Kozhemyakin said.

“It is terribly irresponsible
to ignore the most urgent and important for the country law and to leave on
vacation,” he considers.

According to him, BYuT
faction has almost finished to collect signatures in support of holding special
session.

“We are ready to call the
session, but we don’t want to do it just for regular disputes and mutual
accusations,” he underlined.

“The session will be called
under the condition of recalling the presidential draft bill on budget amendments
and only if we are certain that there are enough votes to pass the budget amendments
for 2008,” Kozhemyakin declared.

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Opinion: Ukraine might lose “Venko” proceedings

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News / 17 July 2008 | 12:30

Opinion: Ukraine might lose “Venko” proceedings

Justice Minister has warned
that juridical position of
Ukraine is weak, as having signed the agreement
the previous government let them do whatever is happening now. In fact, the
government should fight against certain officials rather than against the
investor. I think
Ukraine may lose the case with sad
financial consequences for the budget.

Our Ukraine deputy Ksenya Lyapina told IMC
commenting on the Vanco Prykerchenska Ltd appeal to the
Stockholm arbitration tribunal against Ukraine.

“By means of long
negotiations and postponing of the agreement, the previous government forced
the investor to include its sponsors into the company. Now we have opponent
government, and it is obvious that Tymoshenko does not want to give financial
control over such important field to her opponents,” she underlined.

“Chief financers of Vanco
Prykerchenska Ltd are Ukrainians. On one hand I understand the government, which
does not want to deal with such group. But on the other hand, such actions
discredit the name of the international investor Vanko, as nobody really
specify against who the war has been declared,” Lyapina added.

In response to the question
how the process may influence the investment climate of
Ukraine, the deputy said: “Investors
understand that
Ukraine never has stable political situation.
Big companies avoid us, but middle business is involved as they have less
dependence on the politics. Despite all this
Ukraine is an attractive country and investments
will come and grow.”

In response to the question
whether the government might reconsider its position in connection with the
latest actions, Ksenya Lyapina doubted such turn of events.

“The Cabinet knew that the
company might appeal to the international court and assumed that a lot of time
would have passed while considering the case. I doubt that the government would
change its juridical position,” she summed up.

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Vanco Prykerchenska Ltd suits Ukraine in the Stockholm arbitration tribunal

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News / 17 July 2008 | 11:19

Vanco Prykerchenska Ltd suits Ukraine in the Stockholm arbitration tribunal

The subsidiary
of the
US oil company Vanco, Vanco Prykerchenska Ltd.
will appeal a decision by
Ukraine‘s government to revoke its license
at the
Stockholm arbitration tribunal.

Yevgeniy Korniychuk first deputy justice minister of Ukraine said that “I learned that
Vanco Prykerchenska has applied to the
Stockholm arbitration tribunal.”

According to the report, Vanco International signed a 30 year production
sharing agreement with former premier Mr Viktor Yanukovych’s government in
October 2007 covering the Prykerchenska area just south of the Crimean
peninsula. Under the deal, the company received a 65% stake and Ukraine 35% at the prospecting and
development stage. The sides were to go 50 to 50 with the launch of commercial
production.

Vanco International eventually transferred its rights to the Black Sea shelf development to its
subsidiary, Vanco Prykerchenska Ltd which started to prospect hydrocarbons at
the Prykerchenska bloc from the fall of 2007. However, the Ukrainian government
headed by Yulia Tymoshenko said this move violated the terms of an agreement
with the
US oil company and revoked the
license.

Vanco earlier said that it wanted to resolve the conflict amicably, but did not
rule out resorting to international arbitration.

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