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There are no grounds for state of emergency in Ukraine – President

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News / 9 November 2009 | 17:38

There are no grounds for state of emergency in Ukraine - President

There are no grounds for state of emergency in Ukraine – President

“I am absolutely against bringing the country to a standstill or limiting its functioning”, said President Yushchenko in his interview with Channel 5, according to the presidential press office. 

Victor Yushchenko stressed that he would like the Government to apply adequate measures, rather than PR events. According to the President already in April the World Health Organization warned that the flu spread has started in the world.

The President noted that every country has taken measures to prevent epidemics. “To be prepared is the duty of every Government, every doctor”, said Victor Yushchenko, adding that in his opinion, Ukraine failed to prepare to the outbreak of flu.

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Gazprom confirms Ukraine’s gas payment for October

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News / 9 November 2009 | 15:53

Gazprom confirms Ukraine's gas payment for October

Gazprom confirms Ukraine’s gas payment for October

Russian energy giant Gazprom confirmed on Monday that Ukraine’s Naftogaz had paid in full for Russian natural gas supplies in October, according to RIA Novosti.

“Naftogaz has paid in full for gas supplies in October,” a Gazprom spokesman said.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said on Friday that Ukraine had paid the $500 million bill, but the information was not immediately confirmed by Gazprom.

Bohdan Sokolovskyi, a Ukrainian presidential envoy for international energy security, said the cash-strapped ex-Soviet state had converted its special drawing rights (SDRs) into dollars to make the payment.

The European Commission signaled on Friday that it wants confirmation of Ukraine’s gas payment for October, according to Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, a European Commission deputy spokesperson.

In late October, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned against possible problems with Kiev’s payment for gas, saying they could cause difficulties for European consumers receiving Russian gas via Ukraine.

A dispute between Moscow and Kiev at the start of the year over gas debts and 2009 deliveries left millions of Europeans without gas in January.

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No grounds to postpone presidential election date, says premier

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News / 9 November 2009 | 14:21

No grounds to postpone presidential election date, says premier

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said that there are currently no grounds to postpone presidential elections in the country. She said this during her working visit to Uzhgorod on Saturday, UKRINFORM reported.

“I want to emphasize once again that every region has its own epidemic threshold. Quarantine is imposed in any region in which the disease rate reaches its peak. So this is an objective approach that has no subjective element, so there are no grounds to cancel the elections,” Tymoshenko said.

The secretariat of the Ukrainian president is already considering options for postponing the presidential election date from January until May 2010 if a state of emergency is imposed in the country due to the flu epidemic.

Tymoshenko also said that the situation with the epidemic of flu and acute respiratory infections in Zakarpattia region is stabilizing.

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Yushchenko says IMF will not extend loan tranche to Ukraine

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News / 9 November 2009 | 12:48

Yushchenko says IMF will not extend loan tranche to Ukraine

Yushchenko says IMF will not extend loan tranche to Ukraine

The Ukrainian president said Sunday the International Monetary Fund will not extend a regular tranche of its loan to Ukraine as the Yulia Tymoshenko government is not current on its commitments to the IMF.

“I am convinced the IMF will not provide… the tranche to Ukraine as [the government] fully ignores the memorandum,” Viktor Yushchenko told Channel 5.

He also said that the Ukrainian government has failed to implement five out of the six positions of its commitments to the IMF. “It’s evident that it is impossible to keep ignoring the IMF program and receiving its assistance,” Yushchenko said.

One of the conditions for the loan was that Ukraine should gradually raise gas prices to market ones. However, the government decided not to raise gas prices for the population in 2009.

The IMF approved a $16.4 billion loan to Ukraine in November 2008. The financial institution has already provided three tranches worth $4.5 billion, $2.8 billion and $3.3 billion to the ex-Soviet state as part of a stabilization loan program provided by the IMF to stabilize its economy, which had been seriously hurt by the current economic meltdown.

An IMF mission worked in the country’s capital Kiev October 12-24. It was supposed to establish whether Ukraine implements conditions for the loan. The final decision on the fourth tranche, due to be provided by the end of 2009, has not been made yet.

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Yulia Tymoshenko asks people not to engage in self-medication

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News / 9 November 2009 | 10:45

Yulia Tymoshenko asks people not to engage in self-medication

Yulia Tymoshenko asks people not to engage in self-medication

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is asking people not to engage in self-medication and to seek medical attention at the first symptoms of a viral infection, Tymoshenko’s press office reported.

“We’re ready to respond to the challenges of the epidemic. I want to also note the importance of seeing a doctor immediately and not self-medicating. In that case, the forecasts by the World Health Organization, which are disappointing for all countries, will remain just forecasts for Ukraine,” the Prime Minister said following her visit to the Zakarpattia Regional Infectious Diseases Hospital in Uzhhorod.

Yulia Tymoshenko also thanked doctors in all the regions of the country for their dedicated work in preventing the spread of the epidemic.

On November 4, the Prime Minister instructed the Ministry of Health, regional governors and city mayors to address the problem of long lines at hospitals. “We need to direct immediate attention to efforts to reduce lines at hospitals and open additional rooms,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

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