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Speaker did not manage to bring PM and President to parliament

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News / 13 July 2009 | 17:43

Speaker did not manage to bring PM and President to parliament

Speaker’s proposal to hold meeting of Parliament jointly with President and Premier is not supported, ForUm informs, referring to Ukrainian radio.
 
Volodymyr Lytvyn said this in the ICTV television channel interview. He didn’t specified who did not support his initiative.
 
“We witness that political marasmus is growing, that there is an attempt at breaking which is still buoying this country. The process of thoughtless blocking of a more or less functioning institute is underway. Any persuasion meets with no support,” Lytvyn said. In case the discord is insuperable, it is necessary to pass a political decision and hold immediate early elections of the President and Verkhovna Rada, he added.
 
The Speaker explained that, according to laws, it is impossible to hold the elections.”But if the authority is helpless and paralyzed, let it pass a political decision and give up power in public,” Lytvyn says adding yet that the country leaders did not approve of his idea.

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President wants to makespecial list of all Cossack victory sites

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News / 13 July 2009 | 17:00

President wants to makespecial list of all Cossack victory sites

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko stands for creation of a special register of sites of all victories of Cossack troops. He said this during the opening ceremony of the 4th all-Ukraine festival Kozatskyi Rodoslav in Sumy region, according to UkrInform.

“All places of our victories – Konotop, Shapovalovka, Sosnovka, Piliavtsy, Vyhraev, Zborov, Batoh, Kholodnyi Yar, Hurby and others – must be put on a special list under the tutelage of our troops and our people,” the President said.

Yushchenko pointed out the role of the Konotop battle in the creation of Ukraine, stressing that those who fell in that battle gave their lives for Ukraine to become free and independent.

The Konotop battle took place in 1659, when the troops of Hetman Ivan Vyhovskyi and Crimean Horde defeated the Muscovites.

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Tymoshenko and Yatsenyuk cannot divide Obama’s strategist?

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News / 13 July 2009 | 16:00

Tymoshenko and Yatsenyuk cannot divide Obama’s strategist?

The chief strategist of Barack Obama’s election campaign, current senior counselor of U.S. president David Axelrod, who is called the father of Obama’s victory, has begun to work for Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Zerkalo nedeli weekly reported. The final decision about it will be made during the visit of U.S. vice president Joseph Baiden to Ukraine in late July, MIGnews reported.

Yatsenyuk’s press secretary Andriy Zhyhulin neither confirmed nor refuted the data, Segodnya reports. But Tymoshenko’s surrounding (who is the main competitor of Yatsenyuk in the struggle for the second place in the first round of elections and for West’s favor) is indignant at the relations between Axelrod and Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

“Axelrod had never attended Yatsenyuk’s headquarters. But when it became clear that Yatsenyuk is working with Russian political scientists Tymofiy Serhiytsev, Dmytro Kulykov and Iskander Valytov, who worked in Yanukovych’s headquarters in 2004, Yatsenyuk’s headquarters started a false report on Axelrod. The Russians were famous for advertisement of “Ukraine of 3 kinds” – where Yushchenko galloped over the map of Ukraine as a cowboy. The western electors of Yatsenyuk would not like it”, the political scientist Taras Berezovets said.

One of Tymoshenko’s political technologists said yesterday unanimously that Axelrod is working for Prime Minister. “Last year Premier had a meeting with him in Ukraine. He will be consulting her. Internet social networks, SMS voting will be involved into agitation”, the source state. The Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc (BYuT) is not commenting on it.

However, experts doubt that politicians will spend much money for the foreigners. “Our technologists would like to earn US $50,000-60,000 for 3 months of election campaign. The well-known American PR expert will earn US $200,000-300,000 for a training like “How to realize oneself in the antirecessionary Ukraine”. That is why it is possible to attract them only as councilors and pay them up to US $1,000 per hour”, the political scientist and PR manager Artem Bidenko says.

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PR will insist on increase of salaries

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News / 13 July 2009 | 15:31

PR will insist on increase of salaries

PR will insist on increase of minimal salaries and pensions in case of holding of plenary VRU session on Tuesday. Viktor Yanukovych said, the ForUm’s correspondent informs.

“Every MP who does not vote for increase of pensions and salaries for poor people, can’t be considered as People’s deputy. Because such MP acts against of people’s interests,” Yanukovych said.

“PR insists on draft law on increase of living wage to be supported in the parliament. At the same time we understand that life needs solution of other problems,” he noted.

According to Yanukovych, PR will voted for necessary for the country laws if the plenary session of the VRU takes place.

As a reminder, BYuT initiates plenary session on Tuesday.

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Ukraine’s parliament turning into instrument of political debate

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News / 13 July 2009 | 15:00

Ukraine’s parliament turning into instrument of political debate

The Ukrainian parliament, during its fourth session, became an institution for holding political debates, rather than taking optimal decisions, Parliament Vice Speaker Mykola Tomenko said, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

He was summing up the results of the parliament’s fourth session at a press conference in Kyiv on Monday.

He said that the session had started on February 3, 2009 and lasted nearly six months, adding that 61 plenary meetings had been held over this period.

Tomenko said that during its fourth session, the parliament had adopted 185 laws, including 87 submitted by MPs, 83 by the government, and 15 by the president.

“Such statistics indicate that it has become quite obvious over this period that the president has no support in parliament and is no longer a real player in the legislative process,” he said.

Tomenko said that July had been the most unfruitful and conflict-ridden month of this year.

“Over this period, the Verkhovna Rada considered 14 bills, but passed only one as a whole,” he said, adding that “attention should be paid to the attendance of parliament meetings by MPs.”

“Nine MPs, including eight from the Regions Party, failed to attend meetings over 60 times for unclear reasons,” he said.

He said that only 18 MPs had attended all of the meetings of the parliament during its fourth session.

“In general, the fourth session of the Verkhovna Rada saw some progress in legislative activities, [but] in most cases it was dominated by political conflict over election activities in the context of the future election campaign. Therefore, the parliament, acted, first and foremost, as an institution for holding a political debate, rather than taking the best decisions,” he said

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Tymoshenko asks PR to unblock VRU

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News / 13 July 2009 | 14:36

Tymoshenko asks PR to unblock VRU

Tymoshenko asks PR to unblock VRU

Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko calls Party of Regions to unblock VRU and hold plenary session on Tuesday in order to consider urgent anti-crisis draft laws, ForUm’s correspondent informs.

According to Tymoshenko, now it is necessary to provide adoption of urgent anti-crisis laws and put aside all confrontation issues.

“The government resists the challenges of the world economic crisis. The government does all possible in order to protect Ukraine. Doing this work we rely on support of the VRU. So we call PR not to concentrate on political struggle but to understand that country needs adoption of anti-crisis solutions,” Tymoshenko said.

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Yatsenyuk: Crisis in Ukraine will last at least two years

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News / 13 July 2009 | 13:15

Yatsenyuk: Crisis in Ukraine will last at least two years

The leader of the Front for Change initiative, MP Arseniy Yatseniuk, forecasts that Ukraine’s banking system will not overcome the financial crisis soon, according to Kyiv Post.

He said this after a meeting of the Diplomatic Club attended by famous Polish economist Leszek Balcerowicz, according to the Front for Change’s press service.

According to Yatseniuk, the Ukrainian banking system should be ready for currency rate fluctuations in autumn.

“The central bank and the government should be ready for this, to maintain the public’s trust in the national currency and prevent a second possible wave of distrust in the banking system,” he said.

“Unfortunately, we’re observing a situation in the world in which the real economic sector starts servicing business, rather than the banking system servicing the needs of the real economy,” Yatseniuk said,

Yatseniuk also said he was sure the world economic crisis would last at least another year, and crisis in Ukraine at least two years.

“Let’s start from the fact we have not reached the bottom. This concerns not only Ukraine but the world in general. As for me, crisis in the world will last at least one more year. There is a definite time lag between the world and Ukraine, meaning that if the world overcomes the crisis in 2010, Ukraine will start overcoming it in 2011,” he said.

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Scheffer: Ukraine is not ready to membership in NATO

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News / 13 July 2009 | 11:25

Scheffer: Ukraine is not ready to membership in NATO

Scheffer: Ukraine is not ready to membership in NATO

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer states on improvement of relations between Russia and NATO.

According to him, NATO-Russia relations are improving again. NATO can’t do without Russia, as well as Russia can’t do without NATO in good and bad times.

At the same time Scheffer noted that a range of principle confrontation issues should be solved in Russia and NATO relations.

According to him, decision of NATO summit in Bucharest on possible join of Georgia and Ukraine is “still in force”. But now either Ukraine or Georgia are not ready for membership in NATO.

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