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Ukraine hopes to sign Association Agreement with EU in 6-8 months

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2008

News / 30 September 2008 | 17:45

Ukraine hopes to sign Association Agreement with EU in 6-8 months

Ukraine hopes to sign the Association Agreement with the EU in 6-8 months, when Sweden will preside over the European Union.

According to UNIAN , President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko claimed this at a meeting with King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf, who is paying a state visit in Ukraine.

Victor Yushchenko pointed out that Ukraine and Sweden “enjoy a high harmony of the bilateral relations”.

According to him, today he and the King of Sweden carried out extremely useful talks in a friendly atmosphere, having discussed, in particular, the European aspirations of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian President emphasized the important role of Sweden in the integration of Ukraine in the European structures. He pointed out that Foreign Ministers of Sweden and Poland put forward the initiative of “eastern partnership”.

“We hope that the nearest months, especially the first months of 2009, will be aimed at filling this European initiative with contents”, Victor Yushchenko said.

He added that Ukraine is interested in developing ties with the Swedish business, and that a Ukrainian-Swedish business forum will take place in Kyiv on Wednesday morning.

In his turn, the King of Sweden noted that his visit indicates a high level of relations between Ukraine and Sweden.

Carl XVI Gustaf expressed a hope that the two countries will broaden their ties in future.


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Simonenko: President is a luxury for a state

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2008

News / 30 September 2008 | 16:30

President is a luxury for a state

Simonenko: President is a luxury for a state

Liquidation of the post of President can save money for a state.

CPU faction leader Petro Simonenko expressed his opinion journalists.

“This year budget provides for UAH 1.2 milliard for serving the president, and the government proposes to allot UAH 1.6 milliard for the next year,” the deputy informed.

According to him, the people of Ukraine should think over where the paid taxes go – “for serving the President so he can buy airplanes at 350 million or for serving the people.”

“I think it is time to think about liquidation of such post as President and president’s Secretariat, which tries to get plenary powers of the government. It threats the development of our state,” Simonenko noted.

He believes that everyone in the Secretariat must realize that he goes there to serve the people, but not to violate the Constitution.

“Chief-of-Staff initiates almost every illegal campaign or takes steps which violate the Constitution of Ukraine and its laws,” CPU leader considers.


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Ukraine accuses Russia of interference into internal affairs

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2008

News / 30 September 2008 | 15:30

Ukraine accuses Russia of interference into internal affairs

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine accuses Russia of interference into internal affairs of Ukraine.

According to the Ministry’s statement, despite loud statements of the Russian Federation leadership about their non-interference into internal affairs of Ukraine, the Russian side, nevertheless, could not vanquish temptation to play the “Crimean card”.

On September 29, the Russian Representative to OSCE disseminated an address of participants of a so-called Crimean meeting “On Rough Violation of Main Constitutional Authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by the Incumbent Regime of Ukraine”.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry points out that the statement’s motives are clearly provocative and were inspired by anti-Ukrainian forces that have been trying to do their best prove their loyalty to the foreign consumer.

Probably, the Ukrainian Ministry believes, representatives of the “fifth column” did not confine themselves to attempts to rouse the indignation of society at the policy of democratically elected leadership of Ukraine, and tried to slander it in the eyes of the world community.

The Foreign Ministry said in its statement that, in order to destabilize the situation in Crimea, they use methods and dirty techniques of the 90ies, which were aimed at forming separatist movements at the territory of the former USSR.

“The actions of the Russian diplomatic mission in Vienna, approved by Kremlin, do not correspond to the diplomatic ethics and rules of international communication. These actions can be regarded only as a blatant and rough interference into internal affairs of our state, and are contrary to the interests of Ukraine and Russia”, reads the statement.


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Baloha: Tymoshenko go to Moscow to agree new coalition

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2008

News / 30 September 2008 | 14:39

Baloha: Tymoshenko go to Moscow to agree new coalition

The head of the President’s Secretariat Viktor Baloha considers that in scope of the visit to Russia, planned for October 2, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko intends to agree a coalition formation in the format BYUT, PR and CPU. The statement of the press service of the President says.

Baloha criticizes Tymoshenko for presenting the possible coalition BYuT-PR-CPU as technical to the society. According to him, BYuT wants to form the coalition with the PR and CPU in order to avoid the early elections to the VRU and to remain at the position of the Prime Minister of Ukraine.


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Yatseniuk says world financial crisis may hit Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2008

News / 30 September 2008 | 13:50

Yatseniuk says world financial crisis may hit Ukraine

Yatseniuk says world financial crisis may hit Ukraine

Verkhovna Rada Speaker Arseniy Yatseniuk proposes to hear in parliament the information of Finance Minister Victor Pinzenyk, Minister of Economics Bohdan Danylyshyn, and Central Bank head Volodymyr Stelmakh, about the state budget-2009 and overcoming consequences of the world financial crisis.

According to UNIAN, he claimed this in the chamber of parliament Tuesday.

Addressing parliamentary factions leaders, Arseniy Yatseniuk noted that, regardless of whether any coalition will be created, it is necessary to hear the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Economics, and the head, in particular, about the measures that will be undertaken by the government and the central bank to overcome the consequences of the world financial crisis.

Arseniy Yatseniuk stressed that “this morning posted its biggest-ever one day point decline Monday, falling 777.68 points. Its a historical decline”, the Speaker emphasized.

“Those thinking that it will have no consequences for Ukraine make a serious mistake”, Arseniy Yatseniuk stressed, adding: “Ukraine already suffers from consequences of the world financial crisis”.


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Verkhovna Rada may be dissolved in several days – Kyrylenko

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2008

News / 30 September 2008 | 12:52

Verkhovna Rada may be dissolved in several days – Kyrylenko

BYuT faction leader Ivan Kyrylenko forecasts that the Verkhovna Rada may be dissolved in several days.

He claimed this at the morning plenary session of parliament on Tuesday.

According to I.Kyrylenko, organizers and those living by illusions counted this step in advance.

At the same time, according to the BYuT faction leader, there are doubts whether Ukrainian citizens will come to polling stations on the New Year’s eve. He stressed that, according to the Ukrainian legislation, the turnout of electors must be not less than 50%.

According to I.Kyrylenko, should the turnout be insufficient, the next election will be appointed in 40 days.


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U.S. President Bush meets with President Yushchenko of Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2008

News / 30 September 2008 | 12:15
U.S. President Bush meets with President Yushchenko of Ukraine

U.S. President Bush meets with President Yushchenko of Ukraine

U.S. President Bush met with President Yushchenko of Ukraine in the White House in Washington on Monday, September 29.According to a USUBC press-release, during the meeting, G.Bush pointed out that he was disappointed in the vote with the United States Congress on the economic rescue plan. “We put forth a plan that was big because we got a big problem. I`m going to be talking to my economic advisors after my meeting here with the President, and we`ll be working with members of Congress — leaders of Congress on the way forward. Our strategy is to continue to address this economic situation head on. And we`ll be working to develop a strategy that will enable us to continue to move forward”, he said.

At the same time, he welcomed President Yushchenko: “I welcome you here to the Oval Office. I admire your steadfast support for democratic values and principles. A lot of Americans have watched with amazement how your country became a democracy. We strongly support your democracy. We look forward to working with you to strengthen that democracy.”

“You and I just had a good discussion about a variety of issues. We discussed, you know, the NATO and Membership Application Process. We discussed energy independence. We discussed ways that we can work together to bring stability and peace to parts of the world. And I thank you for joining us here in Washington in the Oval Office. And I send my respect to the people of Ukraine”, the U.S. President said.

In his turn, President Yushchenko thanked G.Bush for the atmosphere that their negotiations were held in. “We had our conversation in a very constructive manner. We touched upon the range of issues, starting from our bilateral relations, and the implementation of U.S.-Ukraine action plan, and we consider this road map as being implemented in a successful way. A lot of attention was paid to the security component and security itself. And special attention was paid towards Ukraine integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures”, he said.

According to the Ukrainian President, the sides raised the issue of energy cooperation, which is a very urgent issue for us. “And we believe that we`ve done excellent job on the adaptation of American nuclear fuel for our nuclear power units, and we intend to continue that”, he pointed out.

“We also discussed the domestic political situation in Ukraine, which in my opinion is far away from being tragic, and not dramatic. Ukraine has enough democratic resource and tools to give sufficient response to any crisis that may occur in the Ukrainian parliament. And this is probably where the Ukrainian strength and optimism is”, the Ukrainian President said.

Victor Yushchenko disclosed that he asked the U.S. President to delegate the high-ranking delegation from the United States of America to participate in the commemorating event of the great famine in Ukraine of 1932 and 1933. “The commemoration day will be on November the 22nd, and this will be the commemoration of the biggest humanitarian catastrophe in our country. And we need to do everything for that issue to be included in the UNGA agenda”, said the Ukrainian President.


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Three Somali pirates die in Ukraine ship shootout: group

Posted by the Editor on September 30, 2008

News / 30 September 2008 | 11:28

Three Somali pirates die in Ukraine ship shootout: group

Rival Somali pirates arguing over what to do with a hijacked Ukrainian ship and its cargo of 33 tanks engaged in a shootout on board, killing three of their number, a maritime group said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.Pirates seized the MV Faina off the Somali coast last week and have demanded $20 million in ransom.
U.S. navy ships are within sight of the boat, whose capture has sparked controversy over the destination of its military cargo and thrown an international spotlight on rampant piracy in one of the world`s busiest shipping areas.

Andrew Mwangura, of the East African Seafarers` Assistance Programme, said rival factions among the roughly 50 pirates guarding the Faina had argued over whether to give in to international pressure to free the cargo and 20-man crew.

“There was a misunderstanding yesterday between the moderates and the radicals on board who do not want to listen to anyone,” said Mwangura, whose Kenya-based group is monitoring the saga via relatives of the crew and the pirates.

“The moderates want to back-peddle. The Americans are close, so everyone is tense. There was a shootout and three of the pirates were shot dead.”

The U.S. navy has said the ship, which was heading for Kenya`s Mombasa port, was carrying T-72 tanks, grenade-launchers and ammunition ultimately bound for south Sudan via Kenya.

A fragile peace has held in south Sudan since 2005 after more than two decades of war with the north. A major arms shipment could violate the terms of that pact unless it was specifically authorised by a north-south committee.

But Kenya says the armoury was for its military. “It is the property of the Government of Kenya and we have documentation to that effect,” said military spokesman Bogita Ongeri.

In Kenya, civil groups have demanded the government to explain why it would spend so much on military equipment when it is struggling to help refugees from post-election violence.

Taking advantage of chaos on shore in Somalia, where an Islamist-led insurgency has been raging for nearly two years, pirates have hijacked more than 30 ships this year and attacked many more.

Most attacks have been in the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and north Somalia, a major global sea artery used by about 20,000 vessels a year heading to and from the Suez. The pirates have also struck in the busy Indian Ocean waters off south Somalia.

With U.S. and French military bases in the area, and the U.N. Security Council having promised to take steps against the pirates, many are unhappy with the lack of international action.

“If civil aircraft were being hijacked on a daily basis, the response of governments would be very different,” top shipping trade bodies and transport unions said in a joint statement on Monday.

“Yet ships, which are the lifeblood of the global economy, are seemingly out of sight and out of mind,” the groups added. More than 90 percent of the world`s traded goods by volume are carried by sea.




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