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Tymoshenko denied permission to visit Brussels

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2011


News / 26 January 2011 | 17:50

Tymoshenko denied permission to visit Brussels

Tymoshenko denied permission to visit Brussels

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office has refused to authorize former prime minister and current opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko’s trip to Brussels, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Tymoshenko has been ordered not to leave the country over a criminal case initiated against her by the Prosecutor General’s Office. The former prime minister is accused of spending money intended for ecological programs to pay pensions.

“During yesterday’s questioning, an investigator rejected Tymoshenko’s request to allow her to go to Brussels because she did not submit a proper invitation letter,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement.

Tymoshenko was invited to visit Brussels between January 31 and February 4 by the leadership of the European People’s Party (EPP), the largest party in Europe. Wilfried Martens, the party head, and Antonio Lopez-Isturiz White, a member of the party’s bureau, expressed their concern on behalf of the party over Tymoshenko’s “persecution” in Ukraine.

Tymoshenko reportedly said her application had not been satisfied because she had not submitted a Ukrainian translation of the invitation letter, which was written in English.

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Azarov: Ukrainian gas pipelines could be modernized only with participation of EU, Russia

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2011


News / 26 January 2011 | 16:33

Azarov: Ukrainian gas pipelines could be modernized only with participation of EU, Russia

Azarov: Ukrainian gas pipelines could be modernized only with participation of EU, Russia

The modernization of the Ukrainian gas transport system has prospects only with the participation of Russia and the European Union, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said at a meeting with German businessmen, UKRINFORM reported.

“We understand quite well that without the consent of the Russian side and without the participation of the European Union, the issue of modernizing our gas transport system and its existence has no prospects,” the prime minister said, according to the information and communications department of the Cabinet of Ministers’ secretariat.

The prime minister said that it was currently impossible to reach a tripartite agreement – between Ukraine, Russia and the EU. “We are holding talks. I cannot say that we have made some progress. But I also cannot say that they the talks have been deadlocked,” he said.

Azarov also said that Ukraine intended to invest in the development of its own oil and gas complex. In particular, this year it is planned to build a platform for the drilling of wells on the shelf and to develop non-traditional fields, he said. “Our oil and gas complex has prospects, and the government will seriously deal with its development,” he said.

The prime minister also said that negotiations on the creation of a joint venture between Ukraine and Russia, which will deal with gas issues, were at the stage of assessing the assets, in particular, the issue of making contributions to the statutory fund of the joint venture.

“The question arose: what assets will be included in the joint venture. If these are the assets that will allow us to have the necessary volumes of gas, then we are ‘for.’ But if these fields require the enormous investments of financial resources with unclear transportation schemes, then we are ‘against,'” the prime minister said.

Azarov said that the question of the European Union’s participation in the creation of such a joint venture was extremely important, because, in his opinion, it is necessary to have concrete guarantees about the amount of gas that will be produced by Russia, transported by Ukraine and consumed by the European Union.

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Tymoshenko: Prosecutors lack evidence against me but refuse to admit it

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2011


News / 26 January 2011 | 14:56

Tymoshenko: Prosecutors lack evidence against me but refuse to admit it

Tymoshenko: Prosecutors lack evidence against me but refuse to admit it

Batkivshchyna Party leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko believes there is insufficient evidence to try her for abuse of office.

“There is no familiarization with the case materials because the prosecutor’s office understands that they fell into a trap of empty accusations regarding Kyoto money. They have reopened the pre-trial investigation and are no longer giving me case materials to study because there is simply no evidence to send this case even to our corrupt courts,” Yulia Tymoshenko said Tuesday before her latest visit to the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Tymoshenko also told the press tha the Prosecutor General’s Office had turned down her petition to close the criminal case against her.

“Today I received a response from the prosecutor general to my petition to close the criminal case into the Kyoto money. He refused, despite the fact that we presented detailed arguments explaining that no crime was committed and that the Kyoto money was never spent,” she said.

“The Kyoto money has been in a special account since it was received and was never reallocated,” Tymoshenko stressed.

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Enhanced security measures continue at Boryspil airport

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2011


News / 26 January 2011 | 13:35

Enhanced security measures continue at Boryspil airport

Enhanced security measures continue at Boryspil airport

Enhanced security measures continue at the international airport Boryspil (Kyiv).

As the airport press service informed, additional measures are aimed at prevention of large gatherings of people at airport complexes and on the airport land. Presently, in Boryspil, additional units of the Interior Ministry Line Service are working, elements of Berkut and dog service of the airport’s aviation security complex.

At the same time, Boryspil representatives underscore that the air gates are working in the regular operation mode, the receipt-dispatch of planes is held according to a schedule. Both runways are in the exploitation state. Not a single delay of flights was fixed.

As UKRINFORM reported, on Tuesday, additional security measures were introduced at the airport Boryspil due to the terrorist act that occurred at Moscow airport Domodedovo on January 24.

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Yanukovych: Ukraine and Turkey have agreed negotiate lifting visa requirenments

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2011


News / 26 January 2011 | 12:01

Yanukovych: Ukraine and Turkey have agreed negotiate lifting visa requirenments

Yanukovych: Ukraine and Turkey have agreed negotiate lifting visa requirenments

Turkey and Ukraine have agreed to begin the process of lifting visa requirements, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said at a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

“Our joint decision to sign the agreement on lifting visa requirements is the core of significant intensification of our trade and economic relations, creating conditions for businesses, our citizens, tourists, to move freely through the territories of Ukraine and Turkey,” he said. 

President Yanukovych noted that the work on a readmission agreement also continues. 

Speaking about cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey in the military-industrial complex, Viktor Yanukovych stressed that the scope is “very broad”. “At this moment the AN-148 project is being considered by the Turkish side; there is cooperation in the preparation of Turkish tank project, in which Ukraine takes part. There is also elaboration of a missile system that would meet the requirements of the Turkish side, we are currently working on, there are other questions,” he said. 

Viktor Yanukovych said that Ukraine and Turkey will continue cooperation in the aerospace industry. In February this year, a Turkish satellite will be launched using the Ukrainian launch vehicle. “In February 2011, Turkey plans to launch the Rasat satellite, using the Dnipro rocket,” he said.

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Presidents of Ukraine, Turkey make joint statement

Posted by the Editor on January 26, 2011


News / 26 January 2011 | 11:00

Presidents of Ukraine, Turkey make joint statement

Presidents of Ukraine, Turkey make joint statement

“I am glad to welcome to Ukraine the Prime Minister of Turkey, my good friend Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

At our last meeting in Istanbul in June 2010, we agreed to significantly strengthen relations between our countries and the agreement on strategic partnership with substance. 

We are also looking forward to the official visit of President of Turkey Abdullah Gul to Ukraine.

Today’s talks have been constructive, informative and friendly. 

Firstly, we have signed a Joint Declaration on Establishment of Strategic High Level Council between Ukraine and Turkey. This important event in the development of our relations has become a worthy answer to the current needs of both nations. 

We have agreed that this is an effective mechanism of cooperation at the bilateral level. We have agreed that we set the goal to increase trade turnover between our countries to $10 billion during the first five years, and to $20 billion in ten years. 

Secondly, we will be working to improve working conditions for Ukrainian companies in Turkey and Turkish companies in Ukraine. 

We have dedicated special attention to such industries as energy, and agreed that we will be pursuing common policies and use the experience of highly skilled professionals both in Ukraine and Turkey. We would like to note that we are also interested in pursuing a common policy while working in third countries. 

In transport industry we have agreed on the necessity to create trans-regional transport corridors, which are to connect Eastern and Northern Europe with the Middle East and Central Asia. 

Thirdly. We have agreed to cooperate in the area of defense-industrial complex. Ukrainian companies are willing to participate in tenders to address the needs of the Turkish army. The Turkish side is ready to consider our suggestions. This is a good signal for both sides. 

By the way, in February 2011, Turkey plans to launch satellite Rasat using the Dnipro rocket. And cooperation in the aerospace industry will continue. 

We have agreed today with Mr. Prime Minister to begin the negotiation process on concluding a free trade agreement between Ukraine and Turkey. We have also agreed today to begin the process of lifting visa requirements. Thus, we continue to expand the geography of countries, where the citizens of Ukraine and Turkey will travel without visas,” the President of Ukraine said. 

In turn, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his satisfaction with today’s meetings on the Ukrainian land, stressing that the Turkish delegation has at last made a visit to Ukraine, which had been being postponed for many years. 

He noted that about 600 representatives of business circles of Turkey have come to Ukraine with the official delegation of Turkey. “This is a sign of important step taken towards cooperation between our countries,” Prime Minister Erdogan said. “We wish that Ukrainian and Turkish businessmen carried out joint projects, and jointly participated in projects in third countries,” he added. 

He also expressed confidence that the Turkish business will participate in EURO 2012 preparation projects in Ukraine. 

The Prime Minister praised the Ukrainian-Turkish documents signed today. “We have approved the most important steps that should be done to promote cooperation, particularly in economy, education, politics, etc.,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. 

“We have reached an agreement to elevate our relations to a new and higher level … Our aim is to elevate friendship and cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey to the level of strategic partnership. Therefore, with my friend, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, we have just signed the Joint Declaration on Establishment of Strategic High Level Council between Ukraine and Turkey,” the Prime Minister of Turkey said. 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his confidence that his visit to Ukraine will be a powerful impetus to development of the Ukrainian-Turkish relations.

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