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Our Ukraine faction intends to nominate Plushch for Verkhovna Rada Speaker

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News / 1 December 2008 | 17:30

Our Ukraine faction intends to nominate Plushch for Verkhovna Rada Speaker

The faction of Our Ukraine – People’s Self-Defense will propose the candidacy of Ivan Plushch for post of the Verkhovna Rada speaker.

MP Oleksander Omelchenko claimed this to journalists today, speaking about the today’s meeting of President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko with OU-PSD lawmakers.

Commenting on the results of the meeting of president Yushchenko with the faction People’s Self-Defense deputy Kyryl Kulikov said the president declared that OU-PSD faction has a unique chance to appoint its speaker.

“Still I don’t understand this – whose speaker was before?” the politician expressed his indignation.

Speaking about the support of Plushch candidature in the parliament, the MP said: “I cannot say I am enthusiastic regarding this idea, but I have an impression that this candidate is only one, who can get support.”

He also pointed out that the election of Plushch for the speaker’s post doesn’t mean the early parliament elections will take place.

“Re-elections are out of the question until the financial crisis is settled. Plushch has to do his best to prevent the re-elections. And I think that the president understand the impossibility to hold parliamentary elections now, though his team has different opinion,” Kulikov said.

In her turn, PR deputy Olena Lukash said that Party of Regions had not seen a draft bill on submission of Ivan Plushch candidature for the speaker’s post.

“We have not seen the document on submission of Ivan Plushch candidature for the speaker’s post. They only talk about it. The only thing done is a resolution regarding Lytvyn,” Lukash said.

“Let them submit a draft bill first, and then our faction will determine its position. It is dangerous to trust verbal information from Our Ukraine,” she added.

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Yushchenko: NBU should regulate Hryvnya exchange rate better

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News / 1 December 2008 | 16:30

Yushchenko: NBU should regulate Hryvnya exchange rate better

President Victor Yushchenko gave an interview today to ‘1+1’ Ukrainian TV Channel.

Speaking about economic situation in Ukraine President stressed that it is very important for the National Bank to improve regulation of Hryvnya exchange rate, which, according to president, has fallen due to speculation processes in banks sector.

Ability of the NBU to regain control over Hryvnya exchange rate, according to Victor Yushchenko would also significantly increase confidence of market players towards each other.

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Tymoshenko: Road development in Ukraine must comply with European standards

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News / 1 December 2008 | 15:40

Road development in Ukraine must comply with European standards

Tymoshenko: Road development in Ukraine must comply with European standards

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko hopes that Ukraine will achieve efficiently new level of road building. She stated at a meeting devoted to infrastructure projects on road network development. “We should raise Ukraine to absolutely new efficient road building,” the PM noted.

According to her, today Ukraine, which is a transit state, takes one of the closing places in the world in development, financing and maintenance of roads. “This is practically 17 lost years of unused opportunities and potentials of Ukraine,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

The Head of Government stressed that development of motor-car construction and implementation of the relevant projects is the biggest strategic prospect for the Government for the upcoming years as it enables us to struggle against the global financial crisis.

“Today, challenges of the global financial crisis give the signal that we must approach this direction of our economy otherwise,” the Prime Minister emphasized.

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Ukraine stops electric power import from Russia

Posted by the Editor on December 1, 2008


News / 1 December 2008 | 14:45

Ukraine stops electric power import from Russia

(Itar-Tass) – Ukraine has stopped electric power imports from Russia, the press secretary of the Fuel and Energy Ministry, Fent Di, told Itar-Tass.

“The imports were suspended on December 1,” he said.

Ukraine began to import Russia’s electric power in mid-September. However, the world economic crisis led to the reduction in consumption of energy resources in Ukraine, including of coal, gas and electric power. As a result, Ukraine even temporarily shut down one of the six rectors of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

As of November 1, Ukraine imported 637.5 million kWh 44 million US dollars worth.

In 2007, Ukraine did not import electric power from Russia.

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Government to be busy with road development

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News / 1 December 2008 | 14:00

Government to be busy with road development

The Government means to implement 19 scale projects on road network development of Ukraine at sum total UAH 118 billion. Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko told at a meeting devoted to infrastructure projects on road network development.

Yulia Tymoshenko noted that such projects to provide, in particular, road construction of 3.5 thousand km in length, construction of 94 bridges and 239 overpasses and 2 tunnels.

“This task we pose for 2009 and for the upcoming years in order to launch all economic mechanisms in the country and prevent powerful economic recession,” the PM stressed adding that no other government posed such tasks earlier.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko, implementation of the mentioned projects requires powerful organization of work with investors and coordinated actions between all branches of power. “Many countries of the world at any times used to overcome the economic depression and stagnation due to scale construction of highways. I believe that Ukraine has to do the same and follow the path proved in the world, the most important – to succeed in it,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

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We’re ready if you are

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Analytics / 1 December 2008 | 13:38

We're ready if you are

We’re ready if you are

This week, Brussels will host a meeting of NATO foreign ministers which will give a comprehensive assessment of Ukraine’s progress in conducting reforms. Among other things, the meeting will discuss NATO’s Membership Action Plan for Ukraine.

I shall be straightforward: We are interested in the MAP and we are expecting a positive signal from the alliance. We believe we are ready for deeper cooperation. Taking it to a qualitatively new level will undoubtedly be mutually beneficial.

Ukraine has more than once proved the effectiveness of its participation in the system of European and Euro-Atlantic security. At the NATO summit in Bucharest, the allies gave a high assessment of Ukraine’s contribution to all peacekeeping operations and missions conducted under the aegis of NATO and the United Nations. We are ready and able to bear joint responsibility. This has been manifested in peacekeeping operations in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Afghanistan and other “hot spots.”

I should recall that Ukraine voluntarily gave up one of the largest nuclear arsenals in the world. At the present time, Ukraine guarantees the security of energy transit across its territory.

We have every reason to state that Ukraine’s membership in NATO will strengthen the role and security capabilities of the alliance. That is why the conclusion made by the allies in Bucharest sounded unambiguous: Ukraine will be a NATO member.

Why does Ukraine aspire to join NATO? To us this is an issue of sovereign choice, a strategic course and civilization progress. Ukraine is striving to join NATO not for defense purposes only. After all, we do not regard a single country as one that could afford real threats against us.

However, Ukraine is part of a globalized world that is developing dynamically. Ukraine’s desire to join NATO is an aspiration to become part of the most effective system of collective security and to share joint responsibility for common space.

We also clearly realize that Ukraine’s success on the path towards NATO hinges on the implementation of key reforms in this country. We are not walking away from this course even though sometimes we have to overcome not only objective, but also subjective, artificial and at times aggressive obstacles.

I am convinced that NATO is interested in Ukraine no less than Ukraine is interested in NATO. We understand the discussions going on inside the organization: The main concern is Russia’s negative reaction to Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations. In this respect I should note that the alliance has always emphasized an open-door policy.

The dissatisfaction of third countries cannot be a signal for the alliance to give up its declared principles. The position of the Russian Federation on NATO enlargement has been known for a long time and did not emerge yesterday.

We remember the first and second waves of NATO enlargement in 1999 and 2004. Back then we also heard angry rhetoric and calls “not to interfere in the sphere of Russian interests.” But this did not stop the alliance from gaining new members.

We are not so much worried about Russia’s attempts to control the alliance’s cooperation with Ukraine as we are about the policy of double standards in our northern neighbor’s security approaches. The rhetoric gets particularly tough when it comes to the right of sovereign Ukraine to independently determine its own security policy. We keep trying to persuade our Russian partners to change their categorical stance, taking present-day realities into account. It is no secret that at the moment Russia is gaining far more in practical terms from cooperation with NATO than Ukraine is. In addition, Russia declares interest in continued, deeper cooperation.

Therefore, there is no need for, or sense in, blocking natural processes, which have already reached a point of no return. Let’s negotiate and develop beneficial, open and sincere dialogue on security issues.

 

NATO is currently looking for ways to adapt to new realities and conditions. The development of a new strategy blueprint for the alliance is aimed precisely at that. We welcome these efforts, and we are convinced that the new strategy should envisage all future realities, including Ukraine’s membership of NATO and the development of collaboration with Russia.

We actively continue diplomatic consultations with all our partners in the alliance, and we see that some NATO member states still have doubts about the advisability of Ukraine gaining membership in the alliance or even being granted a MAP.

I would like to advise them not to form their opinion on Ukraine on the basis of stereotypes of the past, much less under the influence of external pressure.

It is very easy to dispel the doubts: It is enough to compare the Ukraine 15 years ago with the present-day Ukraine and to make a fair assessment of our progress and our bilateral cooperation with NATO.

We have in effect been functioning under a MAP for quite a long time. Ukraine completely fulfills annual target cooperation plans. Most of the basic criteria of reform and getting closer to NATO standards have been met, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine are ready for full-fledged integration into the alliance’s unified system. Practice shows that this is even more important than the formal presence or absence of a MAP.

I would not like the ongoing political developments in Ukraine to be used as a pretext. Democracy is always a complicated political process. A consensus emerges in society as a result of people being informed and making a conscious choice. These processes are continuing. A national consensus is, meanwhile, reflected in legislation. Ukrainian legislation, which has been approved jointly by the authorities and the opposition, sets the goal of attaining NATO membership.

The MAP is just one of the rungs of a ladder. It can either be included in the itinerary or be omitted. This is not a decision on membership in the alliance. A decision will not be made until both Ukraine and NATO are ready. It is the forward outlook, political will and strategic action that are topical today. New, enlarged Europe has got a chance to finally do away with the division lines and zones of influence that have lingered on since the times of the Cold War.

Do we see Europe as strong, secure and united? If so, there are no obstacles to Ukraine being granted NATO’s MAP and membership.

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IMF experts come to Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on December 1, 2008


News / 1 December 2008 | 13:20

IMF experts come to Ukraine

The mission of the International Monetary Fund during its visit to Ukraine in the period of December 1-7 plans to analyze fulfillment of the memorandum by Ukraine signed with the IMF in November. The representative of the Kyiv office of the IMF reports.

According to him, experts will arrive to Kyiv on Monday in the second half of the day.

Experts of the mission plans to hold meetings with the Ukrainian authorities.

 

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Tymoshenko delivered a statement on the occasion of the World AIDS Day

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News / 1 December 2008 | 12:30

Tymoshenko delivered a statement on the occasion of the World AIDS Day

Tymoshenko delivered a statement on the occasion of the World AIDS Day

Prime Minister of Ukraine Tymoshenko delivered a statement on the occasion of the World AIDS Day, Cabinet’d press office informed.


“Health of the people – is the most precious property of every nation, every state therefore, in a democratic, just society such sphere of activity should be priority.

On the World AIDS Day I express deep respect and gratitude to all those who is struggling against HIV/AIDS,” the statement says.

Tymoshenko pointed out that one of the most important tasks of the Ukrainian Government is the creation of efficient diagnostic, treatment and prevention systems for this socially dangerous disease, creation of proper conditions for psychological adaptation of HIV-infected AIDS patients.

“I am confident we should proceed with close cooperation with non-governmental, public and international organizations so that the positive achievements in preventing the HIV/AIDS spreading remain the focus of attention,” the premier said.

Yulia Tymoshenko also wishes Ukrainians peace, harmony and sound health.

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