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Merkel: Ukraine will be a NATO member one day

Posted by the Editor on July 21, 2008


News / 21 July 2008 | 17:50

Ukraine will be a NATO member one day

Merkel: Ukraine will be a NATO member one day

Germany is ready to help Ukraine
integrate into NATO, chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel said at a joint
press conference with President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko on results of
their talks in Kyiv.

She informed that “the
German side proposed Ukraine
its help in fulfilling the roadmap on MAP”.

She stressed that Germany, as well as other NATO countries, will
make its contribution into Ukraine’s
fulfilling the Membership Action Plan.

Merkel also proposed the
Foreign Ministry of Ukraine to work out a special navigation plan “to help Ukraine to move
towards NATO”.

Merkel explained that the
so-called navigation plan is connected with he technical and military issues. “The
matter concerns issues that are fundamental for interests of NATO members and
Ukraine, the mater does not concern any veto rights or artificial limitations,
and it is very important for me that the discussion continue namely on this basis”,
Merkel said, adding that this discussion must base on the fact that “one day
Ukraine will become a NATO member”.

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Ukraine’s president promised stable gas transit

Posted by the Editor on July 21, 2008


News / 21 July 2008 | 16:45

Ukraine's president promised stable gas transit

Ukraine’s president promised stable gas transit

President of Ukraine Viktor
Yushchenko is convinced that Ukraine
is a reliable transit partner of energy resources to the European Union. He said
at the joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Kyiv.  

“We are the country which exports
more than 80% of Russian gas to European countries, and we understand how
responsible this mission is. We
will thoroughly meet our obligations,” the President confirmed.

Yushchenko underlined that
Ukrainian gas transport system is a part of the Europea energy market. “Ukrainian
gas transport system could work for stability of the European gas market. We’d
like the EU to consider the transit, oil and gas possibilities of Ukraine as a
constituent of the European common market,” the President said.

In her turn, Angela Merkel
pointed out that the talk concerned the united net of supplies of oil and gas
from Baltic to Black and Caspian seas.

“It is needed to form a
single system, which would provide stable supplies of Russian and Central Asian
resources through Ukraine,”
the chancellor said.

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Opinion: "Ukrzaliznitsya" using corruptive schemes for inventories auctions

Posted by the Editor on July 21, 2008


News / 21 July 2008 | 15:55

Opinion: "Ukrzaliznitsya" using corruptive schemes for inventories auctions

The present authorities of
the Ministry repeatedly state that in 2007, under the Cabinet of Yanukovych,
Ukrzaliznytsya purchased inventories at the prices two or three times higher
than the market ones.

Quite logical question: why
does not Ukrazaliznytsya buy inventories two or three times cheaper now? Presently,
the prices are even twice higher than in 2007. So I want to ask the current
officials of the Transport Ministry – where is logic in your statements? – the
Transport Minister of the oppositional government of Yanukovych, the head of
the VR committee on transport and communication Volodymyr Kozak commented on
the situation in the Ministry and shared his opinion on further prospects of
development of the transport system.

“Ukrzaliznitsya”
is using “corruptive schemes for inventories auctions, when commercial
enterprises, close to the Ministry, always win the tenders and contests.”

Tender administrators
deliberately reduce prices, making them lower then the market ones. But when
the structures close to the Ministry win a tender the prices go up within
several days. It’s like magic. The prices become as agreed by participants of
auctions.

Similar schemes are used
for Ukravtodor and other departments of the transport Ministry.

Transit transportations are
turned into Klondike for enrichment of certain
companies, like “Intertrans” and “Coal of Ukraine.”

The growth of work
productivity of Ukrzaliznytsya is 6% this year, and the growth of salary is
37%. None of enterprises can survive with such showings.

The control and revision
department has finished the inspection of the Transport Ministry. Hundreds of
millions losses have been revealed. Information about revealed violations has
been delivered to the law enforcement bodies.

Hence, grandiose plans of
Yulia Tymoshenko to increase profitability of railway enterprises have turned
out to unreasoned, and the state monopoly has been put into debts.

Lobbying of personal
interests has led to that 90 percent of transportation is made by the close to
the Ministry enterprises. Such companies are given groundless discount, and the
whole state monopoly is working for some people close to the coalition.

In 2007 the growth of
transit transportation through Ukraine
reached 30% rate.
This year it is only 6%.

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Russia promises gas at $400

Posted by the Editor on July 21, 2008


News / 21 July 2008 | 15:05

Russia promises gas at $400

Russia promises gas at $400

President of Russia Dmitriy
Medvdev and the head of “Gazprom” Aleksey Miller discussed Monday the terms of
gas supply to Ukraine
for 2009.

At the end of June Miller
told journalists that the gas price for Ukraine may exceed $400 per a thousand
cu m in 2009.

“Now the gas price for Ukraine is $179
per a thousand cu m. In case we agree gas prices with Central Asia countries on
the basis of European prices, the gas price for Ukraine may exceed $400,” he said.

Miller added that “Gazprom”
and Ukraine
were planning to form a special group, engaged in preparation of contracts.

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Opinion: Tymoshenko will not resign

Posted by the Editor on July 21, 2008


News / 21 July 2008 | 14:30

Opinion: Tymoshenko will not resign

Tymoshenko
will not resign, as she has serious attitude to the democratic
coalition and the government, that’s why she will work as the Prime
Minister on every difficulties

Svyatoslav Oliynyk, MP
from the BYuT commented statement of vice president of the European
parliament Marek Sivets, who forecasts the resignation of Yulia
Tymoshenko from the post of the Prime Minister to participate in the
presidential elections in 2010.

“The government may resign only when new composition of the coalition in the VRU is formed,” the MP emphasized.

Answering the IMC correspondent’s question what can put an end to
the opposition between Yushchenko and Tymoshenko, Oliynyk answered:
“This opposition has very specific nature: not a political one, but
moral-psychological, that’s why only 2010 can put an end to disputable
questions. They could be also solved in case of changes introduction
into the Constitution”.

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Deputies will have to vote only for themselves

Posted by the Editor on July 21, 2008


News / 21 July 2008 | 12:40

Deputies will have to vote only for themselves

Deputies will have to vote only for themselves

A deputy will have to press
on the button and the touch key till the voting time is over.

Oleksiy Sydorenko, the head
of the computer system department of the parliament, informed journalists commenting on the
innovation regarding the voting apparatus “Rada”, according to which deputies
will vote personally and won’t have a possibility to vote for their colleagues.

According to Sydorenko, to
vote a deputy will have to press on the button “yes”, “no” or “pass” and the touch
key till the voting time is over.

He also informed that the
touch key and the button are placed in such a way that you cannot reach it with
the fingers of one hand. A deputy will be able to vote on more than one panel.

He also underlined that the
touch key would react on a touch, not a finger print.

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Putin, Tymoshenko discussed Russian-Ukrainian economic relations

Posted by the Editor on July 21, 2008


News / 21 July 2008 | 11:25

Putin, Tymoshenko discussed Russian-Ukrainian economic relations

Putin, Tymoshenko discussed Russian-Ukrainian economic relations

Russian Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Premier Yulia
Tymoshenko, Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

 Peskov also noted that the conversation was
initiated by the Ukrainian side, Itar-Tass informed.

“Putin and Tymoshenko
discussed various aspects of bilateral trade and economic cooperation,” the
spokesman said.

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Ukraine’s “Fraternity” blocked NATO ships in Odesa

Posted by the Editor on July 21, 2008


News / 21 July 2008 | 10:40

Ukraine’s “Fraternity” blocked NATO ships in Odesa

Ten boats of the political organization
of
Ukraine named “Fraternity” have blocked Monday morning
the Odesa port exit, where the foreign ships are moored, in order not to let them
take part in the NATO military manoeuvres “Sea-Breeze 2008.”

The press office of the
organization informs that three boats have been already taken under the control
of NATO militaries, while the rest keep blocking the port.

NATO military manoeuvres in
Odesa are followed by numerous protest actions held by locals.

As a reminder, the ceremony
of opening of bilateral Ukrainian-American military manoeuvres “Sea Breeze
– 2008” took place in Odesa July 14.

According to the press
service of the Defense Ministry, the main purpose of the current manoeuvres
“Sea Breeze – 2008” is to train actions of multinational staffs and
forces during the planning and holding of the peacemaking operation within NATO
standards.

The militaries from 17
countries, including
Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Great Britain, Armenia, Greece, Georgia, Denmark, Canada, Latvia, Macedonia, Romania, the USA, Turkey, Ukraine, France and Germany, are participating in the
manoeuvres.

The “Sea Breeze –
2008” manoeuvres will be held until July 28.

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