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Russia-Ukraine agreements help in talks with IMF – Tihipko

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News / 26 April 2010 | 17:50

Russia-Ukraine agreements help in talks with IMF - Tihipko

Russia-Ukraine agreements help in talks with IMF – Tihipko

The tasks of the Ukrainian delegation to the talks with the International Monetary Fund got somewhat easier after the signing of the Russia-Ukraine agreements on the natural gas price. Ukraine’s Vice Premier Serhiy Tihipko said this in an interview with the Ukrainian press,  UKRINFORM reported.

“After revision of the gas deals, the tonality of the talks with the IMF changed for positive,” the Vice Premier noted.

Tihipko explained that restoration of cooperation with the IMF is a pledge of further cooperation with the World Bank group. In his words, two programs are being prepared to make it possible to receive from the WB about USD 800 million for covering the deficit and financing investment projects in power industry and other branches. “I believe it will be possible also to count on 650 million from the European Union,” Tihipko added.

He said it is extremely difficult to finance the national budget deficit at the cost of privatization, as well as loans from home or foreign investors. Within the framework of the new program for cooperation with the IMF, Ukraine may receive USD 19-20 billion in the course of 2.5 years.

This is particularly important, because the Ukrainian leadership has to create a program that would help gradually resume economic growth. Among the key factors he listed immediate assistance to domestic banks. “Private sector must have banking support: cheap loans for long terms to be able to recover,” Tihipko noted.

He said it is also necessary to conduct structural reforms, including extra privatization, deregulation of the economy, and branch reforms (in agriculture, power industry and other branches).

Tihipko also named a number of items on which the positions of the IMF and the Ukrainian delegation essentially differ. That is, particularly, raising social standards for the poorest layers of population, which will cost the state about UAH 26 billion (1 USD – 7.925 UAH) and may result in 2.5% of budget deficit. “Many of the Fund directors object this sum, but the Ukrainian party must convince the international organization of the necessity and consistency of this move,” the Vice Premier underlined.

As reported, Ukraine’s official delegation with Tihipko at the head took part in the spring meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund management.

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A referendum should be held on Russian Black Sea Fleet – BYuT

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News / 26 April 2010 | 16:00

A referendum should be held on Russian Black Sea Fleet - BYuT

A referendum should be held on Russian Black Sea Fleet – BYuT

A referendum should be held on extending the lease for the Russian Black Sea Fleet, argues Mykola Tomenko, the deputy head of the Verkhovna Rada and one of the leaders of BYuT.

“Based on the ideology of the Ukrainian Constitution and current legislation, and in order to give popular legitimacy to the “Kharkiv pact between Yanukovych and Medvedev” relevant changes must be made to the Constitution via a referendum, or a referendum should be held on the idea of the Russian Black Sea Fleet staying in Ukraine until 2042,” Mykola Tomenko said, reports the BYuT press service.

According to him, if the president won’t initiate the holding of a referendum, the opposition will. Mykola Tomenko is calling for the collecting of signatures to begin to hold a national referendum on popular initiative.

According to Article 72 of the Constitution of Ukraine “an All-Ukrainian referendum is called on popular initiative on the request of no less than three million citizens of Ukraine who have the right to vote, on the condition that the signatures in favor of designating the referendum have been collected in no less than two-thirds of the oblasts, with no less than 100 000 signatures in each oblast.”

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Europe does not want to see Ukraine in customs union with ex-Soviet republics

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News / 26 April 2010 | 14:18

Europe does not want to see Ukraine in customs union with ex-Soviet republics

Europe does not want to see Ukraine in customs union with ex-Soviet republics

Ukraine, which is negotiating a free-trade agreement with the European Union, is unlikely to join a customs union with three ex-Soviet republics, the EU enlargement commissioner said on Monday, according to RIA Novosti.

Stefan Fule, commissioner for enlargement and European neighborhood policy, told the Ukrainian edition of Russian business daily Kommersant that the Ukrainian authorities would hardly work towards joining the customs union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan while holding negotiations on a comprehensive free trade zone with the EU.

The commissioner said the EU had made it clear to Ukraine that entering a free trade zone with the EU would be incompatible with joining the post-Soviet customs union.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was inaugurated on February 25 and is seeking to improve relations with Russia damaged during the presidency of his predecessor Viktor Yushchenko, has not given his consent to discuss the issue of customs union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Irina Akimova, first deputy head of the Ukrainian president administration, earlier said Ukraine was not going to join the post-Soviet customs union. Her position was reiterated by Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Tigipko, who said that the post-Soviet customs union ran counter to Ukraine’s membership commitments in the World Trade Organization and stressed that Kiev was keen on creating a free trade zone with the EU.

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President honors Chernobyl Disaster Liquidators

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News / 26 April 2010 | 12:34

President honors Chernobyl Disaster Liquidators

President honors Chernobyl Disaster Liquidators

On the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster President Viktor Yanukovych laid flowers to the Memorial to Liquidators of Chernobyl Disaster near the north gate of the Chernobyl NPP.

Other participants of the event were Minister for Emergencies Nestor Shufrych, Chairman of Kyiv Regional State Administration Anatoliy Prisyazhnyuk and Managing Director of SSE “Chernobyl NPP” Ihor Gramotkin.

President Yanukovych also briefly talked to the station staff. He emphasized that the primary objective of the government now is to ensure successful continuation the Shelter Implementation Plan for similar disasters never to happen in the future.

The President particularly thanked Chernobyl NPP staff for their work.

Viktor Yanukovych, also announced his intention to discuss at his today’s meeting with the Director of the EBRD in Ukraine, the issue of funding the Shelter Plan. He said that current gap in financing is around 400 million Euros.

The President also announced that next year, to the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy, he would initiate an international summit on the subject. “At the event we will gather all financial donors, our partners in Shelter Implementation Plan,” said Viktor Yanukovych, reminding that he had announced this initiative during his visit to Washington.

According to the President, preparation for the event has actually started. The situation around construction of the Shelter will be considered in the nearest future, particularly the work of contractors.

Within the framework of his today’s visit to the Chernobyl NPP, President Viktor Yanukovych examined implementation of measures on decommissioning the NPP and conversion of the confinement of the 4th Block into the ecologically safe system.

The President visited the liquid and solid radioactive waste processing complex and toured the construction of liquid radioactive waste processing plant.

Also Viktor Yanukovych took part in the commissioning of solid radioactive waste processing plant.

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President: 2010 draft budget provides raising salaries and pensions

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News / 26 April 2010 | 11:01

President: 2010 draft budget provides raising salaries and pensions

The 2010 draft state budget provides funds to increase salaries and pensions, said President Viktor Yanukovych today, answering questions of journalists during his visit to the National Museum “Battle for Kyiv in 1943”.

“I promised to raise pensions and salaries, and we foreseen this in the budget. It will happen,” he said, presidential press office reported.

Viktor Yanukovych also said that recently Ukrainian economy has started growing. “The economy has begun to grow, and will be growing further. We will bring order to the economy, and to life, and everything will be fine. We just should wait a little, not all at once will happen,” he said.

The President also spoke for leaving more funds to local budgets for development, but noted that implementation of such initiative would take time.

“You know the condition we received the country in. So you understand that before we give, we must earn,” said President Yanukovych.

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