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Ukraine may sign gas agreements next week

Posted by the Editor on October 23, 2008


News / 23 October 2008 | 18:01

Ukraine may sign gas agreements next week

Ukraine may sign natural gas agreements and contracts as early as next week.

Naftohaz Ukrayiny chairman Oleh Dubyna told UNIAN.

“It’s quite possible”, he said.

As reported earlier, President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko claimed that Ukraine will shortly sign a natural gas agreement with Russia.

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Verkhovna Rada put on agenda draft law on financing snap poll

Posted by the Editor on October 23, 2008


News / 23 October 2008 | 17:00

Verkhovna Rada put on agenda draft law on financing snap poll

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine put on its agenda the draft law “On Introducing Amendments into the Law of Ukraine “On the State Budget of Ukraine for the Year 2008” concerning financing the snap poll.

234 out of 256 MPs registered in the chamber voted for it.

The factions of the Party of Regions, Lytvyn’s Bloc, and 43 MPs of OU-PSD faction voted for this.

The draft law was proposed by OU-PSD lawmaker Ksenia Lyapina.

The draft law stipulates creating a stabilization fund, increasing the citizens deposits security fund, and allocates financing for the snap poll. The draft will be considered by the Verkhovna Rada at its morning session Friday.

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Ukraine needs able-to-work parliament – Yushchenko

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News / 23 October 2008 | 16:10

Ukraine needs able-to-work parliament – Yushchenko

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko stresses that the country needs an able-to-work parliament.

According to UNIAN, the President claimed this during opening a consultative-diagnostic polyclinic in Zhytomyr.

“The country will have a future only if it has an able-to-work parliament”, Victor Yushchenko said. He noted: “Our task is to see the parliament working”.

Victor Yushchenko noted that Ukraine is a democratic nation. According to him, “nobody will deploy tanks or internal troops”. Politicians had enough time to agree, but they failed to use that opportunity, and the President has a right to announce a snap poll, Victor Yushchenko said.

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BYuT ready to consider Yanukovych’s plan

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News / 23 October 2008 | 15:21

BYuT ready to consider Yanukovych’s plan

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine lacks votes to adopt the package of anti-crisis measures proposed by the government.

Verkhovna Rada Speaker Mykola Tomenko told journalists today.

“Basing on our talks at the conciliatory council’s session, I understood that only 185 MPs are ready to vote for the plan of measures proposed by the government”, M.Tomenko said.

According to him, those are MPs of the BYuT faction and some MPs of OU-PSD.

At the same time, Tomenko pointed out that the Lytvyn’s Bloc is also ready to support some measures from the plan, but they refuse to vote for it as a whole. M.Tomenko proposes to begin the plenary session at 16.00 Thursday namely with consideration of the anti-crisis measures, and to adopt the respective draft laws in the first reading. At the same time, he said, if the plan of anti-crisis measures does not receive 226 votes, BYuT will be ready to consider an alternative plan proposed by the opposition government [headed by Party of Regions’ leader Victor Yanukovych].

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BYuT explains why they block parliament’s work

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News / 23 October 2008 | 14:10

BYuT explains why they block parliament’s work

The BYuT faction blocks the parliament’s work because other factions demand to consider first of all draft laws connected with an early election.

BYuT faction MP Serhiy Mishchenko disclosed this in an interview to journalists today.

According to UNIAN, this position was voiced by representatives of some other factions during a session of the conciliatory council at the Verkhovna Rada Speaker, which considered the parliament’s agenda.

At the same time, according to S.Mishchenko, the BYuT faction does not regard these draft laws as top-priority. He recalled that BYuT MPS demand to consider first of all a package of anti-crisis measures.

“At first, let’s vote for anti-crisis laws, proposed by the Cabinet of Ministers, and than – for all other laws”, S.Mishchenko said.

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79% of Ukrainians believe snap poll won’t help overcome political crisis

Posted by the Editor on October 23, 2008


News / 23 October 2008 | 13:20

79% of Ukrainians believe snap poll won’t help overcome political crisis

Some 79% of Ukrainians believes that the upcoming early parliamentary election will not help overcome the political crisis in the country.

Representatives of Gorshenin’s Institute disclosed this to UNIAN referring to the results of an all-Ukrainian telephone poll “Early Parliamentary Election in Ukraine”.

At the same time, according to the results of the poll, every tenth respondent (some 9.7% of those polled) hopes that the early election will help overcome the political crisis. A half of respondents (some 48.9%) believes that the President of Ukraine will benefit from the early election. A third of respondents (some 30%) do not understand the purpose of the early election.

According to results of the poll, some 61% of those polled have a negative attitude to the fact of the Verkhovna Rada dissolution. An equal number of those polled have a positive or neutral attitude to this fact (respectively some 15.5% and 15.2%).

Some 53.5% of respondents believe it is necessary to carry out an early presidential election simultaneously with the parliamentary election.

The poll was carried out on October 15-18, 2008 in all Oblast centers of Ukraine, Kyiv and Sevastopol. 1000 respondents aged over 18 years were polled. The error margin makes up 3.2%.

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French minister opposes Georgia, Ukraine entry to NATO

Posted by the Editor on October 23, 2008


News / 23 October 2008 | 12:30

French minister opposes Georgia, Ukraine entry to NATO

France`s minister for European affairs on Wednesday said he was opposed to Georgia and Ukraine entering the NATO military alliance for now because it would not benefit Europe, AFP reported.“I think that it is not the right time for membership for Georgia and Ukraine,” Jean-Pierre Jouyet said on the sidelines of a European Parliament session.

“It is not in the interests of Europe or its relations with Russia.”

NATO foreign ministers are in December set to once again examine Georgia and Ukraine`s candidacy for membership, strongly denounced by Moscow.

While Jouyet said he was expressing his personal opinion, he in fact confirmed a view repeatedly expressed by Paris.

Along with Germany, France has been reluctant to take the two ex-Soviet states into the alliance and draw the wrath of Russia, which has made it clear it would regard such a move as something close to a hostile action by NATO.

US President George W. Bush pushed hard at a NATO summit in Bucharest last April in favour of membership for Georgia and Ukraine.

However, NATO refused at the summit to grant Ukraine and Georgia “Membership Action Plan” (MAP) status after French and German opposition, though leaders agreed on a statement saying “that these countries will become members of NATO.”

According to Paris and Berlin, the conflict this summer between Georgia and Russia had only confirmed the risk of taking Tbilisi into the alliance.

Russia launched a military attack on Georgia on August 8 in response to a Georgian military offensive to take the rebel region of South Ossetia back under government control.

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European Parliament: Holodomor isn’t act of genocide

Posted by the Editor on October 23, 2008


News / 23 October 2008 | 11:40

Holodomor isn't act of genocide

European Parliament: Holodomor isn’t act of genocide

The European Parliament is planning to approve on Thursday, October 23 a resolution on Holodomor in Ukraine. There is not a word “genocide” in the document. The day before the debates the members of the parliament called Russia to open the archives.

Rebecca Harms, member of the European Parliament from Germany wants the history of Holodomor to be studied by Russia and Ukraine together in both countries. “We don’t want to deep the rupture between the two countries due to this study as well as within Ukraine itself. It is very important to open the archives. We ought to insist upon this requirements. The Council of Europe must discuss this question and claim Russia for opening the archives,” Harms told.

MP claimed her colleagues in the European Parliament to meet a lack of knowledge of history as during the discussion she learned that most part of her colleagues did not at all anything about the Holodomor.

There no term “genocide” in the text of resolution. MP from Great Britain explained that “other factions of the European Parliament do not believe that notion of “genocide” may be used concerning the Holodomor. Not the text but emotions of the MPs are really important.” According to the MP, certain countries have still tried to hide from their own history, for example, Russia tries to cover crimes of the period of Stalin.

As a reminder, as for the moment there are several versions of the Resolution on Holodomor in the European Parliament. None of them contains notion of the Holodomor as an act of genocide. All factions of the European Parliament minded against this notion according to the general practice of the European Parliament.

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