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Azarov: Ukraine is interested in local elections to be held fairly and transparently

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News / 14 September 2010 | 14:34

Azarov: Ukraine is interested in local elections to be held fairly and transparently

Azarov: Ukraine is interested in local elections to be held fairly and transparently

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, the Chairman of the Party of Regions Mykola Azarov told journalists that the Party of Regions applied to all international organizations, observers who worked in Ukraine for the last presidential election in Ukraine, to come to our country to work during elections of local authorities that will have place October 31 this year.

“We are very interested in most independent observers to arrive because we want the local elections to be fair and transparent,” Azarov said.

A thought of the world community, based on the findings of independent observers, is crucial for the further development of democratic processes in Ukraine, the Ukrainian State progress.

Regarding the presidential election in Ukraine international observers had unanimous conclusion that it was held in full compliance with the legislation and the European Commission; other international organizations declared that the election met all democratic standards, Azarov concluded.

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Yanukovych, Barroso confirm readiness to deepen Ukraine-EU cooperation

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News / 14 September 2010 | 12:49

Yanukovych, Barroso confirm readiness to deepen Ukraine-EU cooperation

Yanukovych, Barroso confirm readiness to deepen Ukraine-EU cooperation

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso confirm readiness for close cooperation aimed at bringing Ukraine closer to the European Union, they have said in a joint statement released after their meeting in Brussels, presidential press office reported.

In particular, the sides stressed their clear support to further strengthening relations between the EU and Ukraine and reaffirmed the readiness to cooperate closely in implementing reforms in Ukraine to bring it closer to the European Union.

The document reads that the Presidents of Ukraine and the European Commission have exchanged views on the course of the talks on the Association Agreement and free trade area. The parties welcomed the progress already made and expressed willingness to stir up the negotiation process.

In addition, the two leaders have discussed the action plan of introducing visa-free travel and praised cooperation “in a number of areas”.

Viktor Yanukovych and Jose Manuel Barroso stressed the importance of the Ukraine-IMF agreement, which allows the EU to provide Ukraine with 610 million Euros of macro financial assistance.

The statement also reads that the President of the European Commission welcomed Ukraine adopting the Gas Market Rules Law and our state’s steps to complete the process of accession to the Energy Community.

In addition, the statement reads that relations between Ukraine and the EU are based upon common history and common values, such as democracy, market economy, respect for human rights and rule of law.

In this regard, the Presidents highlighted the importance of free media and independent judiciary for continuation of Ukraine’s democratic development. They also stressed the importance of conducting the upcoming local elections in Ukraine in line with international standards.

Viktor Yanukovych and Jose Manuel Barroso welcomed the initiative with the EU to develop Crimea, within the framework of which 12 million Euros were provided in 2010. The leaders have also discussed the relations with Russia, situation in Moldova and settlement of the Transnistrian conflict.

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President: Ukraine will be reliable gas transit partner

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News / 14 September 2010 | 11:02

President: Ukraine will be reliable gas transit partner

President: Ukraine will be reliable gas transit partner

Ukraine will remain a reliable gas transit partner, President Viktor Yanukovych said in Brussels at his joint press conference with President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, presidential press office reported.

“Ukraine has to, or is “fated” today to fulfill her obligations to the EU and Russia as a transit country in terms of stability and reliability of the gas transportation system. And we always will,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed.

The President said those unfortunate incidents regarding gas transit that occurred in the past would not repeat. “This will never happen in the history of Ukraine’s relations with the EU and Russia,” he said.

Viktor Yanukovych noted that he has reached agreement with Jose Manuel Barroso to start joint work on reconstruction of Ukraine’s gas transportation system. “We intend to invite partners from other countries, in addition to Russia, and ensure transparency of the work of Ukraine’s gas transportation system by adding these countries’ representatives to its management,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

The President repeated that Ukraine is eager to carry out all its international obligations to the maximum.

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