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Yushchenko held meeting with President of Switzerland

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News / 14 May 2009 | 17:18

Yushchenko held meeting with President of Switzerland

At his joint press conference with the President of Switzerland Hans-Rudolf Merz, President Viktor Yushchenko said that Ukraine hopes for Switzerland’s support in the talks on establishing free trade zone with the European Free Trade Association that had begun on April 29, president’s press office reported.

Answering the question on possible time of signature of the agreement President Yushchenko said that it is early to speak about that, as the process would be long and complicated. From his part President Merz stressed hope that the talks would not be too long although should come through several stages.

President Yushchenko informed that in today’s talks sides have discussed many questions of bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and Switzerland, including trade and economic ties, science and technology, liberalization of visa regulations, humanitarian cooperation, etc.

He said that sides have affirmed commonality of views on perspectives of development of bilateral cooperation. President Merz added here that “our possibilities of cooperation in economy or science are not yet exhausted”.

Viktor Yushchenko also said that during the talks he thanked Switzerland for financial-technical support in inplementation of projects in such areas as protection of maternity and children, reformation of central and local authorities, etc.

Separately he thanked Swiss side for support of Ukraine’s international efforts aimed at honoring victims of the Holodomor 1932-1933.

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Tymoshenko doubts on success of referendum on Kyiv mayor

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News / 14 May 2009 | 16:20

Tymoshenko doubts on success of referendum on Kyiv mayor

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko doubts that a no-confidence referendum on Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky will be successful. She stated this during a press conference on Wednesday, ForUm informs, referring to the press service of Yulia Tymoshenko.

She reminded that according to current legislation, the mayor himself has to give permission for such a referendum to be held. “That’s why I don’t see how anything can be held within the confines of the law. Our political force made great efforts to organize similar referendums, but we encountered this very problem,” she said.

Tymoshenko also noted that a year ago Kyiv had the chance to elect a new mayor, but that the people failed to take advantage of the opportunity.

“I believe that next we’ll have regular term mayoral elections, during which the residents of Kyiv will have another chance to make a decision,” she added.

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Gas transit through Ukraine halved in January-April

Posted by the Editor on May 14, 2009


News / 14 May 2009 | 15:00

Gas transit through Ukraine halved in January-April

Transit of natural gas through Ukrainian territory in January-April 2009 came to 23.2 billion cubic meters, which was half of the volume in transit for the same period of 2008, the Fuel and Energy Ministry told Interfax, Kyiv Post reported.

Import of gas to Ukraine in the four months fell by 55% to 28.1 bcm. Of this amount, imported gas for domestic Ukrainian usage fell by 73%

According to the gas agreement signed in January of this year, total natural gas transit through Ukraine’s gas transport system to European countries and Moldova should come to 120.83 bcm in 2009, 29.49 bcm in the first quarter, 30.333 bcm in the second quarter, 27.115 bcm in the third quarter and 33.145 bcm in the fourth quarter.

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President signed decrees on Brussels declaration, Euro-Asian oil transportation corridor

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News / 14 May 2009 | 14:26

President signed decrees on Brussels declaration, Euro-Asian oil transportation corridor

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has signed a decree on the urgent steps on aimed at realization of the Brussels declaration and on the implementation of the project of the Euro-Asian oil transportation corridor on the basis of the Odesa-Brody oil pipeline.

“The President has signed these two decrees today,” Ukrainian President’s envoy for international energy security Bohdan Sokolovsky said, the President’s press office reported.

Yesterday at his joint press conference with President of Finland Tarja Halonen President Yushchenko informed that tomorrow he would sign a Presidential Decree on switching Odesa-Brody oil transport pipeline in forward mode.

He said that the document would foresee establishment of a working group from representatives of relevant ministries.

Victor Yushchenko also reminded that feasibility study for the Euro-Asian Oil Transport Corridor project on the basis of Odesa-Brody pipeline had been already approved and appropriate Ukrainian-Polish intergovernmental agreement had been signed, therefore all formal decisions oblige the sides to move forward.

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PR saved VRU from dismissal

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News / 14 May 2009 | 13:23

PR saved VRU from dismissal

PR saved VRU from dismissal

The first vice speaker of the VRU Oleksandr Lavrynovych has opened the morning session of the parliament, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

375 MPs are registered in the session hall.

Lavrynovych informed that today the factions leaders have agreed that the VRU will take break till tomorrow morning because of the current situation with Yuriy Lutsenko.

He noted that it is necessary in order to keep the political consultations concerning the issue on Lutsenko’s resignation.

So Oleksandr Lavrynovych announced about the break in the VRU work and closed the VRU session.

Deputy chairman of the PR faction Oleksandr Yefremov explained that PR faction allowed to open the VRU session in order to stop political speculations that the PR wants to block the parliament for 30 days and in such a way to give all grounds for its dismissal.

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BYuT will support Lutsenko’s resignation if his guilt is proved

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News / 14 May 2009 | 12:12

BYuT will support Lutsenko’s resignation if his guilt is proved

BYuT faction will vote for resignation of the Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko if the parliament gets official documents from Germany, proving his inadequate behavior in Frankfurt Airport. MP from the BYuT Serhiy Mishchenko said that today in the parliament, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

“If there are official documents, proving Yuriy Lutsenko’s guilt, then the BYuT faction will vote for his resignation<” MP said.

At the same time, he said that there are no such official documents in the parliament yet.

Earlier MP from the Party of Regions Oleksandr Yefremov stated that Ukrainian ambassador to Germany sent the corresponding documents to the parliament.

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BYuT will support Lutsenko’s resignation if his quilt is proved

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News / 14 May 2009 | 12:12

BYuT will support Lutsenko’s resignation if his quilt is proved

BYuT faction will vote for resignation of the Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko if the parliament gets official documents from Germany, proving his inadequate behavior in Frankfurt Airport. MP from the BYuT Serhiy Mishchenko said that today in the parliament, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

“If there are official documents, proving Yuriy Lutsenko’s guilt, then the BYuT faction will vote for his resignation<” MP said.

At the same time, he said that there are no such official documents in the parliament yet.

Earlier MP from the Party of Regions Oleksandr Yefremov stated that Ukrainian ambassador to Germany sent the corresponding documents to the parliament.

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PR still blocking the VRU

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News / 14 May 2009 | 11:51

PR still blocking the VRU

PR still blocking the VRU

The Party of Regions keeps blocking the VRU today, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

The vice speaker of the VRU Oleksandr Lavrynovych will hold session with leaders of the parliamentary factions.

Deputy chairman of the PR faction Oleksandr Yefremov reminded that the Ukrainian ambassador to Ukraine sent the corresponding documents concerning actions of the Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko in Frankfurt Airport.

As a reminder, the PR faction has been blocking the VRU for already three days, demanding to dismiss Lutsenko from his post.

Yuriy Lutsenko asked the Verkhovna Rada to accept his resignation on Tuesday.

According to German media, police on May 4 arrested Yuriy Lutsenko in the state of strong alcoholic intoxication after a brawl with law enforcers at Frankfurt am Main Airport.

Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko’s 19-year-old son was going with the Ukrainian delegation. Police, according to German media, had to put handcuffs on the son of the minister for aggressive behavior.

There is no official confirmation of such behavior of Yuriy Lutsenko.

PR members make their judgments towards Yuriy Lutsenko only on the basis of mass media information.

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