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Ukraine, Russia confirm Yalta meeting of economic cooperation council

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News / 2 November 2009 | 17:39

Ukraine, Russia confirm Yalta meeting of economic cooperation council

The Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers, Petro Poroshenko and Sergey Lavrov, have discussed in their phone call a broad range of issues of bilateral cooperation. The parties acknowledged that Ukraine-Russia relations have recently gained a new pace, UKRINFORM reported.

Poroshenko confirmed Ukraine’s readiness to hold the 5th meeting of the Economic Cooperation Committee of the Ukraine-Russia Interstate Commission on November 19 in Yalta (Crimea).

The Ukrainian diplomat also said the Ukrainian party is ready to hold early in December Ukraine-Russia political consultations at foreign ministerial level.

Poroshenko and Lavrov also focused on intensification of trade-economic cooperation, participation of Ukrainian companies in disaster recovery at the Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydroelectric Power Station, lifting of restrictions for products delivery.

The parties voiced a mutual interest in continuing close cooperation in all areas put on the agenda of Ukraine-Russia relations.

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Health Minister of Ukraine requesting politicians not to make panic around flu epidemic

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News / 2 November 2009 | 15:38

Health Minister of Ukraine requesting politicians not to make panic around flu epidemic

“We have problems like the rest of the world,” Vasyl Knyazevych said. He asked politicians not to debate the flu issue on radio and tv but instead give floor to medical workers.

The Minister also said that there is no ban for people’s travelling throughout Ukraine yet he advised to refrain from making trips in the nearest future.   

In her turn Yulia Tymoshenko calls not to take ordinary flu epidemic for registered cases of H1N1 flu.
The Prime Minister called on politicians not to speculate on the flu issue and make a stir about the matter.

Yulia Tymoshenko said that at the moment epidemiologiy indices are lower in comparison with the previous years both by season flu sick rate and death rate.

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Chief of Staff meets the Swiss plane with Tamiflu in Boryspil

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News / 2 November 2009 | 14:03

Chief of Staff meets the Swiss plane with Tamiflu in Boryspil

Tonight the AN-12 cargo plane from Switzerland has arrived at Boryspil airport bringing antiviral drug Tamiflu to Ukraine, presidential press office reported. Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, President’s Chief of Staff Vira Ulyanchenko and Foreign Minister Petro Poroshenko have come to the airport to meet the cargo.

“The President of Ukraine highly appreciates the rapid implementation of his and NSDC’s instructions to get assistance to Ukraine in the fight against flu epidemics by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”, said President’s Chief of Staff Vira Ulyanchenko. On behalf of the Head of State, she expressed appreciation to Minister of Foreign Affairs for the efficient work. “I would like to congratulate Ukraine on the fact that the goods which we really need were delivered in such a short period of time”, said Vira Ulyanchenko.

Chief of President’s Staff expressed hope that today’s arrival of cargo is only the first step in providing effective assistance to Ukraine in the fight against the epidemic.

Vira Ulyanchenko also reminded that today President Victor Yushchenko appealed for assistance to Ukraine to the President of the European Commission, NATO Secretary General, leaders of Belarus, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, the United States and Hungary.

According to her some humanitarian aid, such as mask, has already been delivered in Lviv region in within the framework of cooperation between this region and some regions of Poland. “We hope that we will see such steps made by our other friends”, said Vira Ulyanchenko.

The Chief of Staff also thanked Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd for providing Ukraine with Tamiflu for such a low price (67 hryvnyas per pack) and emphasized that any speculative selling of the drug is unacceptable (the drugs delivered today will be distributed exclusively in hospitals).

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Ukraine, UEFA, FIFA to discuss swine flu threat to international football matches

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News / 2 November 2009 | 12:34

Ukraine, UEFA, FIFA to discuss swine flu threat to international football matches

Ukraine is going to hold consultations with UEFA and FIFA on defining the possibility of holding international football matches in view of the H1N1 flu epidemic, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko told a briefing, UKRINFORM reported.

She also added that such consultations will be held in order to find out what actions can be taken amid this situation.

As reported, the Cabinet of Ministers has today banned all mass events in view of the H1N1 influenza for three weeks.

As is known, in the next three weeks Ukraine is scheduled to play Greece in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa play-off, while FC Dynamo Kyiv is to meet FC Internazionale Milano in the UEFA Champions League Group F home match.

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Government to control pharmacy stocks, prices over flu outbreak

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News / 2 November 2009 | 11:06

Government to control pharmacy stocks, prices over flu outbreak

The Ukrainian government will review all pharmacies in the country to ensure they meet requirements imposed over the current flu epidemic, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said on Sunday, according to RIA Novosti.

Tymoshenko said in comments broadcast on the main television channels that the inspections would start on Monday.

“These checks are being implemented with two purposes: first – the availability in pharmacies of a minimum package of medicines and medical goods,” she said. “Second – checks on prices for medicines, which should not exceed the rates that were charged before the epidemic.”

She added that pharmacies where the price of drugs is inflated will lose their licenses.

Ukraine has officially declared an H1N1 epidemic, and the Health Ministry said on Sunday that 53 people had died because of influenza and acute respiratory infections, although it was not known how many of those were due to swine flu.

In connection with the epidemic, there has been a rush on medicines and masks, and prices have risen sharply.

The health minister said on Sunday that 300,000 doses of swine flu vaccinations would arrive from Switzerland overnight, which would be enough to last for a week.

President Viktor Yushchenko on Sunday called for international assistance in dealing with the flu epidemic in the country.

Offers of help have already been received from Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Russia and Poland, including for the delivery of vaccines and medical masks, and a team of World Health Organization experts is expected in the country on Monday.

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