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President: Ukrainian-Belarusian relations will always be friendly

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2010


News / 29 April 2010 | 17:45

President: Ukrainian-Belarusian relations will always be friendly

President: Ukrainian-Belarusian relations will always be friendly

The relations between Ukraine and Belarus will always be good neighborly, said President Viktor Yanukovych at the beginning of his meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk.

“Our policy will be good neighborly, we will always conduct a transparent policy,” he said, presidential press office reported.

Viktor Yanukovych noted that Ukraine and Belarus have always had and will have interesting targets for cooperation, both bilateral and international. “We always knew how to unite in order to protect national interests,” he said.

Among the common problems of the two states President Yanukovych named joint fighting consequences of the Chernobyl tragedy. He said he had visited the NPP recently and saw that there are still gaps to be filled in the program of making the Chernobyl NPP safe.

“There are many unresolved issues, such as lack of funding,” said Viktor Yanukovych. He informed his Belarusian colleague on the initiative to hold a summit in 2011 dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and invited Alexander Lukashenko to take part in it.

“These are pressing issues and we must jointly initiate their consideration and resolve them,” he said.

At the meeting Viktor Yanukovych also brought up the question of finalizing delimitation of Belarusian-Ukrainian border. He thanked Alexander Lukashenko for the Belarusian Parliament ratifying the demarcation agreement.

“We should discuss the issue of border interregional cooperation. The development of our interregional cooperation will surely boost trade. It also will help attract investment,” said the President of Ukraine.

Besides, President Yanukovych praised efforts made by Belarus to harmonize its legislation with the European and country’s steps aimed at joining the Council of Europe. “I know that you’re making consecutive steps to join the Council of Europe. Ukraine in this respect has advanced further, so I think our experience could be of interest for Belarus,” he said.

In this regard he reminded that Ukraine next year will take presidency over the Council of Europe and “new opportunities may open in this context”.

The President also stressed that Ukraine is already adapting national legislation to European standards.

Another goal, important for both states, President Yanukovych named accessing the European markets.

From his part President Alexander Lukashenko said he was glad to welcome the President of Ukraine in Viktor Yanukovych’s ancestors homeland. He noted that back when he had visited Kyiv, sides agreed to hold a meeting to approve the agenda of bilateral relations between Ukraine and Belarus.

“The development of Ukrainian-Belarusian relations roadmap is the question that concerns the interests of our states and our peoples,” said Alexander Lukashenko. He noted that the relations between the two states should aim at providing their peoples with worthy life conditions.

“So that we, as European states, did not differ from those European countries, which we are bordered by,” said the President of Belarus.

Speaking about the issue of delimitation of the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, Alexander Lukashenko said: “We have ratified the border agreement, so I think that now we should take the appropriate measures. The measures, which would show real intentions of Ukraine and Belarus.” He also expressed hope that the two Presidents would meet again soon, including at the border of the two countries.

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No legal grounds for early parliamentary elections – speaker

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2010


News / 29 April 2010 | 16:26

No legal grounds for early parliamentary elections - speaker

No legal grounds for early parliamentary elections – speaker

Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has said that there are no legal grounds for holding early parliamentary elections.

Commenting at the request of journalists on BYuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko’s initiative to hold a nationwide campaign for the holding of snap parliamentary elections, Lytvyn said that he was ready for a dialogue on early elections “on condition that we hold a roundtable meeting in parliament and agree that we’ll accept a civilized election system.”

“Let’s make a decision on an open electoral system, and parties will nominate their candidates in the constituencies, while people will vote for their candidates,” he said, UKRINFORM reported.

Lytvyn stressed that “we can speak about political and moral grounds for holding such elections,” but added that there had actually been no legal grounds for holding them. He recalled that any election campaign could be financed only from the state budget and that the state budget for this year foresaw only UAH 40 million to hold early elections to the local authorities.

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President: Ukrainian-Belarusian relations will always be friendly

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2010


News / 29 April 2010 | 17:45

President: Ukrainian-Belarusian relations will always be friendly

President: Ukrainian-Belarusian relations will always be friendly

The relations between Ukraine and Belarus will always be good neighborly, said President Viktor Yanukovych at the beginning of his meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk.

“Our policy will be good neighborly, we will always conduct a transparent policy,” he said, presidential press office reported.

Viktor Yanukovych noted that Ukraine and Belarus have always had and will have interesting targets for cooperation, both bilateral and international. “We always knew how to unite in order to protect national interests,” he said.

Among the common problems of the two states President Yanukovych named joint fighting consequences of the Chernobyl tragedy. He said he had visited the NPP recently and saw that there are still gaps to be filled in the program of making the Chernobyl NPP safe.

“There are many unresolved issues, such as lack of funding,” said Viktor Yanukovych. He informed his Belarusian colleague on the initiative to hold a summit in 2011 dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and invited Alexander Lukashenko to take part in it.

“These are pressing issues and we must jointly initiate their consideration and resolve them,” he said.

At the meeting Viktor Yanukovych also brought up the question of finalizing delimitation of Belarusian-Ukrainian border. He thanked Alexander Lukashenko for the Belarusian Parliament ratifying the demarcation agreement.

“We should discuss the issue of border interregional cooperation. The development of our interregional cooperation will surely boost trade. It also will help attract investment,” said the President of Ukraine.

Besides, President Yanukovych praised efforts made by Belarus to harmonize its legislation with the European and country’s steps aimed at joining the Council of Europe. “I know that you’re making consecutive steps to join the Council of Europe. Ukraine in this respect has advanced further, so I think our experience could be of interest for Belarus,” he said.

In this regard he reminded that Ukraine next year will take presidency over the Council of Europe and “new opportunities may open in this context”.

The President also stressed that Ukraine is already adapting national legislation to European standards.

Another goal, important for both states, President Yanukovych named accessing the European markets.

From his part President Alexander Lukashenko said he was glad to welcome the President of Ukraine in Viktor Yanukovych’s ancestors homeland. He noted that back when he had visited Kyiv, sides agreed to hold a meeting to approve the agenda of bilateral relations between Ukraine and Belarus.

“The development of Ukrainian-Belarusian relations roadmap is the question that concerns the interests of our states and our peoples,” said Alexander Lukashenko. He noted that the relations between the two states should aim at providing their peoples with worthy life conditions.

“So that we, as European states, did not differ from those European countries, which we are bordered by,” said the President of Belarus.

Speaking about the issue of delimitation of the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, Alexander Lukashenko said: “We have ratified the border agreement, so I think that now we should take the appropriate measures. The measures, which would show real intentions of Ukraine and Belarus.” He also expressed hope that the two Presidents would meet again soon, including at the border of the two countries.

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Yanukovych convinced Ukraine paid fair price for good relations with Russia

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2010


News / 29 April 2010 | 14:39

Yanukovych convinced Ukraine paid fair price for good relations with Russia

Yanukovych convinced Ukraine paid fair price for good relations with Russia

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych declares that the dialogue with “our large neighbor will be built on the principles of equality, good neighborliness and healthy pragmatism, without confrontation and anti-Russian rhetoric”, he said in his address to the Ukrainian people, presidential press office reported.

“After five years of making Russia an enemy, it wasn’t easy to restore Russian leadership’s confidence in Ukraine. Did we pay too much for that? No, because the agreements, reached with Moscow, are mutually beneficial.

Documents, signed in Kharkiv, will provide a significant reduction of gas prices. This means the increase of social security for every Ukrainian and the beginning of our economy coming out from deep crisis. It also guarantees strengthening energy security of the whole European continent,” the president said.

According to Yanukovych, the whole civilized world praised results of his talks with President Medvedev.

“In Washington, Brussels and all European capitals they are considered to be an undoubted success of Ukraine. Only our opposition remained dissatisfied.

Why does it call you to barricades again, why does it undermine stability achieved for the first time in many years of endless wars between the country’s leadership?

The answer is – because it seeks to dissolve the parliament again in the name of the so-called political expediency, because it understands that stability, strong power, order and normalization of relations with Russia is its political end. Once again it hungers power at any price.

They need war. Recent developments in the walls of the Verkhovna Rada showed that the political opportunists are ready to throw smoke bombs not only in the parliament hall, but the whole Ukraine,” he said.

The president declared that we need stability and development, ability to work normally, reforms and friendly relations with our neighbors. “And we will achieve this, just as we could stand up to the opponents of changes for the better,” he promised.

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No legal grounds for early parliamentary elections – speaker

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2010


News / 29 April 2010 | 16:26

No legal grounds for early parliamentary elections - speaker

No legal grounds for early parliamentary elections – speaker

Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has said that there are no legal grounds for holding early parliamentary elections.

Commenting at the request of journalists on BYuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko’s initiative to hold a nationwide campaign for the holding of snap parliamentary elections, Lytvyn said that he was ready for a dialogue on early elections “on condition that we hold a roundtable meeting in parliament and agree that we’ll accept a civilized election system.”

“Let’s make a decision on an open electoral system, and parties will nominate their candidates in the constituencies, while people will vote for their candidates,” he said, UKRINFORM reported.

Lytvyn stressed that “we can speak about political and moral grounds for holding such elections,” but added that there had actually been no legal grounds for holding them. He recalled that any election campaign could be financed only from the state budget and that the state budget for this year foresaw only UAH 40 million to hold early elections to the local authorities.

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Ukraine to pay discount price for Russian gas in Q2

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2010


News / 29 April 2010 | 12:50

Ukraine to pay discount price for Russian gas in Q2

Ukraine to pay discount price for Russian gas in Q2

The price of Russian natural gas for Ukraine in the second quarter of the year will be $236 per 1,000 cubic meters, including a 30% discount, a Gazprom executive said on Wednesday.

“It will be $236 with the discount; without the discount it would have been $336. It is a big discount,” deputy CEO Valery Golubev said.

He also said there would be no intermediaries in gas deliveries to Ukraine, stressing Gazprom had direct contracts with Ukraine’s Naftogaz.

In return for the 30% discount on Russian natural gas, which is worth an estimated $40 billion, Kiev has agreed to extend the lease on a Russian naval base in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol for 25 years.

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PACE recognized Holodomor a "crime against humanity" not a genocide against Ukrainians

Posted by the Editor on April 29, 2010


News / 29 April 2010 | 11:02

PACE recognized Holodomor a "crime against humanity" not a genocide against Ukrainians

PACE recognized Holodomor a "crime against humanity" not a genocide against Ukrainians

In a resolution adopted April 28, 2010, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) strongly condemned “the cruel policies pursued by the Stalinist regime” which triggered the Great Famine in 1929 in the grain-growing areas of the former Soviet Union, culminating in 1932-33.

PACE “resolutely rejects any attempts to justify these deadly policies, by whatever purposes”; for the parliamentarians, these policies as deliberately conducted by the Soviet regime, are comparable to “a crime against humanity” because they led to the deaths of “millions of innocent people in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, which were parts of the Soviet Union”. 

The Assembley stresses that in Ukraine, which suffered the most, the peasantry was particularly hit by the Great Famine and millions of individual farmers and members of their families died of hunger following forced “collectivisation”, a ban on departures from the affected areas and confiscation of grain and other food. These tragic events are referred to as Holodomor (politically-motivated famine) and are recognised by Ukrainian law as an act of genocide against Ukrainians.

The report also mentions Kazakhstan, where millions fell victim to the mass famine, and the ratio of the dead to the whole population is believed to be the highest among all peoples of the former USSR. Traditionally nomads, the cattle-growing Kazakhs were forced to settle down and were deprived of livestock. The Great Famine is remembered as the greatest tragedy of the Kazakh people.

In the grain-producing areas of Russia (the Middle and Lower Volga, the North Caucasus, the central Black-Soil region, the Southern Urals, Western Siberia and some other regions), the famine caused by “collectivisation” and dispossession of the wealthy individual farmers took millions of lives in rural and urban areas. In absolute figures, it is estimated that the population of Russia paid the heaviest death toll as a result of the Soviet agricultural policies.

While these events may have had particularities in different regions, as pointed out in the report by Mevlüt Çavusoglu (Turkey, EDG), the results were the same everywhere: millions of human lives were sacrificed to the fulfilment of the policies of the Stalinist regime.

PACE recommends establishing the full, un-biased and un-politicised truth about this human tragedy, and making it public. The Assembly welcomes the important work already done in Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Moldova, Russia and in particular in Ukraine in order to ease access to archives, and calls on the competent authorities of these countries to open up all their archives and facilitate access thereto to all researchers, including from other states.

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IMF heads hold fruitful discussions with Ukrainian delegation

Posted by the Editor on April 28, 2010


News / 28 April 2010 | 17:58

IMF heads hold fruitful discussions with Ukrainian delegation

IMF heads hold fruitful discussions with Ukrainian delegation

 Within the framework of the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington, the IMF heads held fruitful discussions with the Ukrainian delegation headed by  Vice Premier Serhiy Tihipko, according to UKRINFORM.

They discussed economic policy, which may be backed by the agreement with the Fund to be concluded for several years, says a special statement of IMF First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky made public by the press service of the organization.

“We had productive discussions with the Ukrainian delegation during the Spring Meetings on economic policies that could be supported by a new multiyear Fund arrangement with Ukraine. There was a broad consensus on the need to entrench fiscal and financial stability and to pave the way for sustainable recovery. Progress has been made in many areas. At the same time, outstanding issues remain to be clarified, including fiscal consolidation, in addition to financial sector and other reforms. Discussions are expected to continue in Kyiv in the coming weeks,” Lipsky said.

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