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Cabinet to negotiate with the World Bank

Posted by the Editor on December 3, 2008


News / 3 December 2008 | 17:40

Cabinet to negotiate with the World Bank

The Cabinet of Ukraine negotiates with the World Bank possible partial payment of services by the Blackstone Group International and Credit Suisse Banks as Ukrainian financial advisers in the field of reconstruction and recapitalization of the banking sector, the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov told. He noted that “Negotiations are aimed to minimization of load upon the state budget.”

Turchynov told that in the world financial crisis involving of these companies would be inevitable. They will go in for service of international debt of Ukraine and analyzing of current financial situation in Ukraine. “They will help us to hold talks with sponsors of large enterprises who want to return their credits preliminary,” the First Vice Prime Minister added.

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Britain protects Ukraine from bioterrorism

Posted by the Editor on December 3, 2008


News / 3 December 2008 | 16:50

Britain protects Ukraine from bioterrorism

Southern Research Institute has received a five-year, $37 million scientific consulting subcontract to help design and develop diagnostic laboratories in the Ukraine to combat bioterrorism.

The Birmingham-based nonprofit research organization will also facilitate collaborative projects conducted by U.S.-Ukraine research teams. The Southern Research biological threat reduction program will be managed by Mary Guttieri based in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with William Severson and Colleen B. Jonsson based in Birmingham.

The subcontract is from Black & Veatch to help support the U.S. Department of Defense’s Biological Threat Reduction Program in the Ukraine. Black & Veatch will design and deploy systems to improve reporting, detection and response capabilities to combat bioterrorism and prevent the proliferation of biological weapons-related technology.

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Tymoshenko increased gas price for people 7 times

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News / 3 December 2008 | 16:00

Tymoshenko increased gas price for people 7 times

Tymoshenko increased gas price for people 7 times

During 2008 the Cabinet of Ministers increased price for gas for production of heat energy for the people 7 times. At that price for gas since January 2008 was increased by 27.2% in total, the press service of Ternopil city council informs.

Moreover, the government of Tymoshenko increased price fro gas for budget institutions and organizations 4 times during the year. At that price for gas since January 2008 was increased by 41.3% in total.

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Simferopol police is concerned about unemployed

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News / 3 December 2008 | 15:10

Simferopol police is concerned about unemployed

Deputy head of railway police department Serhiy Nikitin said that situation in the region is getting hot. “Because of crisis many workers are fired, many come home from Russia. They have no places to work, therefore they come out the streets in order to make some money,” he said.

According to him, it mainly concerns youth from countryside of Simferopol. “We are already taking corresponding measures. We have increased the number of police patrols; “Berkut” also helps us with its patrol,” he added.

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Yushchenko: Information on forced conversion of deposits is nonsense

Posted by the Editor on December 3, 2008


News / 3 December 2008 | 14:20

Yushchenko: Information on forced conversion of deposits is nonsense

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President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko rejects accusations in address of the President’s Secretariat on interference into the monetary policy of the State.

Today at the briefing Yushchenko called it nonsense that the President’s Secretariat supposedly took a decision to transfer all currency deposits of citizens into hryvnias.

“The President’s Secretariat will never influence on the monetary policy in the State,” Viktor Yushchenko said, adding that from his side only wishes and visions of development of situation can be.

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Tymoshenko: Government’s purpose is to create proper living and working conditions for disabled

Posted by the Editor on December 3, 2008


News / 3 December 2008 | 13:30

Tymoshenko: Government’s purpose is to create proper living and working conditions for disabled

The Cabinet of Ministers carries out consistent work for supporting disabled people. Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko said at the Government’s sitting that on the International Day of Invalids the whole world once again inventories its policy on invalids’ protection, “Today every country of the world revises how much their policy was adequate to the demands, protection needs of disabled people.

The Head of Government noted that democracy level is estimated in the society’s attitude to invalids, the level of their protection on the part of the state. “Every day’s life of invalids – is a certain feat, it is practically the struggle for life every day, struggle for worthy living,” Yulia Tymoshenko added.

According to the Prime Minister, since the first days of its activity the Government spared no effort to improve the living conditions of disabled people. “Since the first days of our coming to power, our government team struggled for making every budget kopeck be appropriated for supporting disabled people. And today, I’d like us to continue this path of the creation of a normal living atmosphere for such people,” Yulia Tymoshenko stressed. 

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Yanukovych is ready for coalition with Tymoshenko

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News / 3 December 2008 | 12:35

Yanukovych is ready for coalition with Tymoshenko

Leader of the Party of Regions Viktor Yanukovych in an interview with the  Russian Newsweek stated that he is ready to form coalition with the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko.

Answering the question, whether he could form coalition with  Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Yanukovych answered that he is working on this.

“We consider that a threat of independence lose, a possibility of social catastrophe must unite our politicians. We must declare a moratorium on all political confrontations. The economic crisis concerns every Ukrainian family. Our duty – to protect our people from unmitigated catastrophe,” Yanukovych stated.

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NATO foreign ministers sidestep MAP for Ukraine, Georgia

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News / 3 December 2008 | 11:35

NATO foreign ministers sidestep MAP for Ukraine, Georgia

NATO foreign ministers sidestep MAP for Ukraine, Georgia

NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday sidestepped the thorny issue of Membership Action Plan (MAP), a fast-track roadmap for NATO membership, for Ukraine and Georgia and agreed instead to beef up practical cooperation with the two countries.

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said NATO foreign ministers have decided to beef up the existing NATO-Ukraine Commission and the NATO-Georgia Commission to help them advance reforms needed for their future NATO membership.

“NATO will strengthen its advice and assistance for those reform efforts in the frameworks of the NATO-Ukraine Commission and the NATO-Georgia Commission,” he told reporters at the end of the first day of the meeting.

He said NATO and Ukraine will amend the charter of the NATO-Ukraine Commission to allow new elements of NATO assistance. NATO also will reinforce its information and liaison offices in Kiev and Tbilisi, he said.

De Hoop Scheffer clarified that MAP has not been dropped. “There was no decision taken on MAP by the foreign ministers. But you cannot say that MAP has evaporated.”

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner confirmed that MAP is still there. He told a separate press conference that a decision on MAP will be made eventually. He said Ukraine and Georgia are not ready for MAP at this stage.

“Work must continue in the frameworks of the two commissions –the NATO-Ukraine Commission and the NATO-Georgia Commission. For various reasons, we thought we could not go any further,” he said.

De Hoop Scheffer said NATO foreign ministers have reiterated the decision made at the April NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, that the two countries will eventually become NATO members.

“All elements of the decisions regarding Ukraine and Georgia taken by the NATO heads of state and government in Bucharest still stand. And that includes very much that one day they will be members, if they so wish, of course, and when they meet NATO standards,” he said.

NATO foreign ministers also agreed to allow the two countries to develop national programs on annual basis, an arrangement similar to that of MAP.

“Without prejudice to any further decisions on MAP, they will develop, with our assistance, so-called annual national programs to help them advance their reforms,” said de Hoop Scheffer.

The foreign ministers were commanded by NATO heads of state and government at their April summit to review MAP for the two former Soviet republics at this meeting. But the United States, the most vocal supporter for NATO membership for the two countries, chose not to push for MAP again at the foreign ministers’ meeting, apparently knowing that a consensus would not be possible.

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