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Representative of Romanov’s dynasty arrived in Donetsk

Posted by the Editor on October 7, 2008


News / 7 October 2008 | 14:30

Representative of Romanov’s dynasty arrived in Donetsk

His Serene Highness Georgiy Yurievskiy, grandson of the Russian emperor Alexander II, together with the descendant of the dukes Dongorukiys Anjey Vitold Slavitsky has arrived in Donetsk. The official goal of the visit is familiarization with the history of the city and its cultural values.

Georgiy Yurievskiy and his family are engaged in real estate business – his company builds cities. It already has an office in Kyiv, and now they are considering the possibility to on another one in Donetsk.

During the official meeting between the head of the city and the guests, the Duke presented the illustrated book about the picture exhibition about Alexander II, and mayor Lukyanchenko presented a miniature of a Donetsk artists and passport of the city.

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Independent international investigation is pure politics

Posted by the Editor on October 7, 2008


Analytics / 7 October 2008 | 14:11

Independent international investigation is pure politics

Independent international investigation is pure politics

PACE and other international structures are baying at the moon instead of going in with really important things.

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe apportions equal blame for the August armed conflict in Southern Caucasus to Russia and Georgia, as follows from a resolution that PACE passed Thursday on the main issue on the agenda of its fall session. The document acknowledges the aftermath of the shelling of South Ossetia’s capital Tskhinval by Georgian troops, saying it triggered full-scale combat operations.

93 members voted for this conclusion, 27 stood against.

Since the facts surrounding the outbreak of war between Georgia and Russia are disputed, there should be in independent international investigation into what happened, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) said today after debating the consequences of the war. In a resolution, the Assembly declared that both Georgia and Russia had violated Council of Europe principles and values, and their commitment to settle conflicts by peaceful means. Both sides were responsible for violations of human rights and humanitarian law.

The parliamentarians pointed to “a disproportionate use of armed force by Georgia” and said the Russian counter-attack “equally failed to respect the principle of proportionality”. The use of indiscriminate force and weapons in civilian areas by troops of both sides “can be considered war crimes”, they added. The Assembly also called on Russia to withdraw its recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and to allow EU and OSCE monitors to have access to both territories. It said these, as well as full implementation of the EU-brokered ceasefire agreement, were “minimum conditions” for a meaningful dialogue. The parliamentarians also expressed concern at “credible reports of acts of ethnic cleansing committed in ethnic Georgian villages in South Ossetia and the ‘buffer zone’ by irregular militia and gangs which the Russian troops failed to stop”.

The Assembly recognized that “the start of shelling of Tskhinvali without warning by the Georgian military, on 7 August 2008, initiated a new level of escalation, namely that of open and full-fledged warfare. The use of heavy weapons and cluster munitions, creating grave risks for civilians, constituted a disproportionate use of armed force by Georgia, albeit within its own territory, and as such a violation of international humanitarian law and Georgia’s commitment to resolve the conflict peacefully.”

However at the same time it found that  “the Russian counter-attack, including large-scale military actions in Central and Western Georgia and in Abkhazia, equally failed to respect the principle of proportionality and international humanitarian law and constituted a violation of Council of Europe principles, as well as of statutory obligations and specific accession commitments of the Russian Federation as a member state.”. “It led to the occupation of a significant part of the territory of Georgia, as well as to attacks on the economic and strategic infrastructure of the country which can be deemed to be either a direct attack on the sovereignty of Georgia and thus a violation of the Statute of the Council of Europe, or an attempt by Russia to extend its influence over a “near abroad” state in violation of its accession commitment to denounce such a concept.”.

“he Assembly is conscious that, although the outbreak of the war on 7 August 2008 may have come unexpected to most of its members, it was the result of a serious escalation of tensions, with provocations and ensuing deterioration in the security situation, which had started much earlier. Steps to reduce tensions were not taken and the possibility of military intervention became the option for both sides in the conflict. This is unacceptable for the Assembly”, the Resolution tells.

Both sides of the conflict were unsatisfied. Head of the Russian delegation to PACE Konstantin Kosachev described the resolution of the parliamentary assembly on the Georgian-Russian conflict as “one-sided and politicized.” “There are numerous factual inaccuracies and senseless legal things. The legal arguments of the Russian side were rejected and the resolution turned out to be politicized, as a result,” he told reporters on Thursday. In particular, Kosachev regretted that PACE refused to mention Medvedev-Sarkozy peace plan in the resolution. The only Russian success was the actual recognition by PACE of the fact that Georgia was the first to unleash a war against South Ossetia, while Russia had to retaliate to save its citizens and peacekeepers. “However, the objectiveness ends at that, and Russian retaliation gets a one-sided and biased assessment,” Kosachev said.

Naturally, Georgia (Saakashvili, at least) waited for other. For exclusion of Russia from the Council of Europe or for severe repressions of Russia. Gabashvili stressed that Georgia requires total withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of the country, cancellation of recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, total accomplishment of international agreements and acceptance of presence of international forces in the area of military conflict.

Note

The Council of Europe  is the oldest international organisation working towards European integration, being founded in 1949. It has a particular emphasis on legal standards, human rights, democratic development, the rule of law and cultural co-operation. It has 47 member states with some 800 million citizens.

Its statutory institutions are the Committee of Ministers comprising the foreign ministers of each member state, the Parliamentary Assembly composed of MPs from the Parliament of each member state, and the Secretary General heading the secretariat of the Council of Europe.

The most famous conventional bodies of the Council of Europe are the European Court of Human Rights which enforces the European Convention on Human Rights as well as the European Pharmacopoeia Commission which sets the quality standards for pharmaceutical products in Europe. The Council of Europe’s work has resulted in standards, charters and conventions to facilitate cooperation between European countries and further integration.

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The PACE’s resolution was quite right formally, but senseless.

Saakashvili shouldn’t rush into Tskhinvali with his tanks and missiles, Russia shouldn’t provoke Georgia and invade to its territory. The fact is that the Council of Europe was observing the open conflict of Moscow and Tbilisi for some years and failed to avert the war between its two members.

This “independent international investigation” was utterly senseless. It was pure politics.

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Yushchenko gives time for BYuT and Party of Regions to form coalition

Posted by the Editor on October 7, 2008


News / 7 October 2008 | 13:40

Yushchenko gives time for BYuT and Party of Regions to form coalition

Yushchenko gives time for BYuT and Party of Regions to form coalition

MP Anatoliy Hrytsenko (OU-PSD faction) claims that President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko gave time till the evening for BYuT and Party of Regions to form a coalition. At the same time, he did not orient OU-PSD to forming a coalition with BYuT.

According to UNIAN, he claimed this to journalists after the President’s meeting with the OU-PSD faction on Tuesday.

According to A.Hrytsenko, there was no discussion at the meeting but a President’s monolog, who, in fact, informed those present about his decision. “He thanked the faction for its courage, for heroism and braveness, for it defended the democratic values. The matter did not concern the expediency of forming a coalition between two or three factions (BYUT and OU-PSD, or BYuT, OU-PSD, and Lytvyn’s Bloc). The President just said that if another coalition – of BYuT, the Party of Regions and Communists – is not created till the evening, he will exercise his constitutional right”, A.Hrytsenko said.

Asked to specify how much time Yushchenko gave to finish the talks, A.Hrytsenko said: “The President gave time till the end of today”.

He added that Victor Yushchenko did not speak about resuming the democratic coalition. “The President did not orient the Our Ukraine for creating a coalition with BYuT or with Lytvyn”, A.Hrytsenko said.

In fact, MP Oleksander Tretyakov (OU-PSD faction) confirmed to journalists Hrytsenko’s words. In his opinion, the President is geared up for dissolving the parliament. He also confirmed there was no discussion at the meeting. “The President delivered a monolog”, O.Tretyakov said.

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Yushchenko promised to assist NATO with helicopters

Posted by the Editor on October 7, 2008


News / 7 October 2008 | 12:50

Yushchenko promised to assist NATO with helicopters

Ukraine‘s President Viktor Yushchenko meets in London Great Britain‘s Premier Gordon Brown.

The parties discussed the state of trade-economic and investment cooperation, energy cooperation and practical steps to liberalize a visa regime with Great Britain.
A special attention was devoted to
Ukraine‘s relations with the European Union. Viktor Yushchenko and Gordon Brown dwelt on regional security with the latest developments in Georgia taken into account.

Yushchenko thanked Great Britain for the manifested solidarity with Ukrainian people and assistance in recognizing Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine internationally and commemorating the tragedy victims.

Yushchenko and Brown also discussed question of regional security taking into account the recent events in Georgia.

The Ukrainian party confirmed the readiness to take part in the British-French initiative on strengthening of helicopter power of the EU and NATO.

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Tymoshenko’s government mistaken in annual forecast of inflation

Posted by the Editor on October 7, 2008


News / 7 October 2008 | 12:30

Tymoshenko’s government mistaken in annual forecast of inflation

Inflation rate in September 2008 made 1.1%, according to the data of State statistics committee. In annual calculations the index makes 16.1% for nine months.

As a reminder, in summer the government of Ukraine worsened the forecast of price rise for consumer goods from 9.6% to 15.9%. New forecast was based on assumed slow growth of the inflation rate: by 0.2% in September, by 0.4% in October, by 0.2% in November and by 0.3% in December.

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Tymoshenko’s government mistaken in annual forecast of inflation

Posted by the Editor on October 7, 2008


News / 7 October 2008 | 12:30

Tymoshenko’s government mistaken in annual forecast of inflation

Inflation rate in September 2008 made 1.1%, according to the data of State statistics committee. In annual calculations the index makes 16.1% for nine months.

As a reminder, in summer the government of Ukraine worsened the forecast of price rise for consumer goods from 9.6% to 15.9%. New forecast was based on assumed slow growth of the inflation rate: by 0.2% in September, by 0.4% in October, by 0.2% in November and by 0.3% in December.

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Tymoshenko’s government mistaken in annual forecast of inflation

Posted by the Editor on October 7, 2008


News / 7 October 2008 | 12:30

Tymoshenko’s government mistaken in annual forecast of inflation

Inflation rate in September 2008 made 1.1%, according to the data of State statistics committee. In annual calculations the index makes 16.1% for nine months.

As a reminder, in summer the government of Ukraine worsened the forecast of price rise for consumer goods from 9.6% to 15.9%. New forecast was based on assumed slow growth of the inflation rate: by 0.2% in September, by 0.4% in October, by 0.2% in November and by 0.3% in December.

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Yushchenko promised to assist NATO with helicopters

Posted by the Editor on October 7, 2008


News / 7 October 2008 | 11:40

Yushchenko promised to assist NATO with helicopters

Ukraine‘s President Viktor Yushchenko meets in London Great Britain‘s Premier Gordon Brown.

The parties discussed the state of trade-economic and investment cooperation, energy cooperation and practical steps to liberalize a visa regime with Great Britain.

A special attention was devoted to Ukraine‘s relations with the European Union. Viktor Yushchenko and Gordon Brown dwelt on regional security with the latest developments in Georgia taken into account.

Yushchenko thanked Great Britain for the manifested solidarity with Ukrainian people and assistance in recognizing Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine internationally and commemorating the tragedy victims.

Yushchenko and Brown also discussed question of regional security taking into account the recent events in Georgia.

The Ukrainian party confirmed the readiness to take part in the British-French initiative on strengthening of helicopter power of the EU and NATO.

 

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