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Yanukovych in interview with BBC: Ukraine hasn’t been reformed for 20 years

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News / 28 January 2011 | 17:55

Yanukovych in interview with BBC: Ukraine hasn't been reformed for 20 years

Yanukovych in interview with BBC: Ukraine hasn’t been reformed for 20 years

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, answering an uncomfortable question about the state of democracy and political freedoms, in an interview to BBC Ukrainian said that the debates about backsliding on democracy in Ukraine are raised by the defenders of the “old corrupt system”.

“I respond to it very simply, I imagine now that there is a struggle between the old system, the corruptive one, and the new, which we now introduce. In this struggle all means are used, I mean, unresolved … This situation is forced by people who had controlled the old bureaucratic system,” Yanukovych stressed, UKRINFORM reported.

“I believe that this process will end soon, I mean, the process of such furious resistance,” he added.

“When there is such a struggle against corruption, restoring order in the country, certainly there is a great resistance of the bureaucracy that attracts the best for it measures, including paying money for the printing of various information in various newspapers around the world,” the president said.

He stressed that he disagrees with allegations that the criminal proceedings now are “selective” – and affect only representatives of the previous government, and dwelt on the example of ex-economy minister Danylyshyn.

“Danylyshyn is not a politician, he has never been engaged in politics. He was a clerk, who dealt with the permissions in the licensing system, he was minister of economy, and he introduced the corruption schemes, and he is prosecuted for that, there is no policy there. He has never been involved in politics, so I do not understand why he had been granted political asylum,” Yanukovych said commenting on granting political asylum to the former minister by the Czech Republic.

“Anyway, someday he will be responsible for these criminal acts,” the president said, recalling that the country “has launch a war on corruption and we need to restore order in the country”.

In the interview the president reviewed the situation in Ukraine during 20 years of independence and repeatedly stated that the reason for the lack of reforms was the dominance of bureaucracy and corruption.

Describing the reforms carried out by his team, Yanukovych confirmed that the main priority of the state remains European integration.

He also expressed confidence that his plans to bring Ukraine by 2020 into the list of the 20 most developed countries are not illusory.

“I am confident that we will achieve this goal. We will strongly work to ensure that the modernization of the country leads to a significant economic upturn, improving people’s lives. And we will seek to ensure that our state be in the top twenty most developed countries of the world,” the president underscored.

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President appreciates effectiveness of Ukraine and Poland in jointly preparing for Euro 2012

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News / 28 January 2011 | 16:28

President appreciates effectiveness of Ukraine and Poland in jointly preparing for Euro 2012

President appreciates effectiveness of Ukraine and Poland in jointly preparing for Euro 2012

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych appreciated the effectiveness and cohesion of work of the Governments of Ukraine and Poland to prepare for the Euro 2012 finals. 

“I am absolutely pleased with how coordinated and targeted the Governments’ of Ukraine and Poland work to resolve all issues and prepare for Euro 2012 is ,” he said today at the the 7th Davos Ukrainian Lunch held by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation with participation of President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski. 

President Yanukovych added that his Polish counterpart, President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski also shares this assessment. 

He expressed hope that visa regulations will be lifted for Ukraine by the European Union before Euro 2012. “We will do everything for it to happen in 2011. And we hope our friends in Poland will play a role in that question and give us extra energy to address these issues,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

In his speech President Yanukovych stressed that Euro 2012 will give a new impetus to economic and social development of Ukraine and Poland. “As to economic changes, we will become more open, innovative and competitive. We introduce the advanced technologies and better management experience. As to social change, we are going to Europe “not by words, but by the deeds” and approach it in infrastructural, humanitarian and value terms,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

President Yanukovych thanked the Victor Pinchuk Foundation for the traditional organization of Ukrainian lunch conferences in the framework of the World Economic Forum.

Viktor Yanukovych said that Ukraine’s goal is to overcome the economic recession as soon as possible, and become a competitive and effective player in the global economic space. 

“Our strategic direction of economic policy is radical restructuring of the economy through the systemic, innovative and targeted reforms,” he said. 

Ukraine has almost all the condition for doing successful business in it: skilled labor force, excellent geographical location, and natural resources. He invited the foreign businessmen to invest in Ukraine. 

“Euro 2012 is another powerful incentive for investors to come to Ukraine. We are actively preparing for this important sporting event. And believe me, if we promise something – we do it … There is a lot of work being done in all areas in strict accordance with the timeframes and our commitments,” he said. 

He noted that new roads, railways, hotels and airports are “business arteries”. Their updating and expansion is accelerating the movement of people, goods and capitals. And this means higher profits for all, who do business in Ukraine. 

“I am extremely pleased that we build this new “circulatory system” together with our western neighbors Poland. It is often said that you don’t choose your neighbors. But I am very happy that we have such a neighbor and reliable partner, ” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

“I am convinced that together with our Polish partners, we will create the best conditions for the grand festival of European football and come to the finish line victoriously,” President Yanukovych said.

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Tymoshenko: Yanukovych’s trip to Davos is a waste of money

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News / 28 January 2011 | 14:44

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych's trip to Davos is a waste of money

Tymoshenko: Yanukovych’s trip to Davos is a waste of money

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes President Viktor Yanukovych’s participation in the World Economic Forum in Davos will bring nothing to the Ukrainian economy.

“Ukraine is not trusted today and Yanukovych’s trip to Davos is essentially money wasted because he doesn’t have the authority to attract investment to Ukraine at such forums as Davos,” Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists in front of to the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Yulia Tymoshenko pointed out that the current government’s economic policy led to a drop in Ukraine’s international ratings.

“The president of Ukraine went to Davos on the backdrop of unprecedented corruption in Ukraine, on the backdrop of the fact that key international agencies lowered Ukraine’s economic freedoms rating by 12 positions and Ukraine is now in last place in Europe and one of the lowest in the world. He went to Davos on the backdrop of the fact that in comparison with 2008, the last year before the crisis, foreign investment in Ukraine has fallen more than twofold. This suggests that the last economic freedoms and conditions for investment, including by major international companies, have been destroyed in Ukraine,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

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Yanukovych trying to attrack investments from Switzerland and UK

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News / 28 January 2011 | 12:53

Yanukovych trying to attrack investments from Switzerland and UK

Yanukovych trying to attrack investments from Switzerland and UK

During his trip to Davos to take part in the World Econpmic Forum President Viktor Yanukovych held a meeting with President of the Confederation of Switzerland Micheline Calmy-Rey. The President of Ukraine said that the meeting is a good opportunity to discuss several issues of mutual interest for Ukraine and Switzerland. 

“We have a lot in common. Ukraine and Switzerland are neutral countries,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

The President also welcomed the signature of a Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the European Free Trade Association, comprising Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein on June 24, 2010. 

He, moreover, reminded that Switzerland is a donor to the Chernobyl Shelter Fund. 

“I hope we will only intensify all of these directions of cooperation, and add dynamism to our relations,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed, presidential press office reported. 

President Yanukovych has also invited President Micheline Calmy-Rey to visit Ukraine in April to take part in the International Conference “25 years since the Chornobyl disaster. Security of the future. 

Yanukovych also had a meeting with the Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Special Representative for International Trade and Investment of the UK.

President Yanukovych said that the UK is a reliable and important partner for Ukraine. He also said that our country is happy about the revival of Ukrainian-British cooperation.

For his part, Prince Andrew noted the substantial interest of British companies in investing in Ukraine, particularly in agriculture.

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Ukraine intends to offer the EBRD participation in its investment projects

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News / 28 January 2011 | 11:01

Ukraine intends to offer the EBRD participation in its investment projects

Ukraine intends to offer the EBRD participation in its investment projects

“Ukraine highly appreciates the cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and is ready to develop it further,” President Yanukovych said at the meeting with EBRD President Thomas Mirow, presidential press office reported. 

“We are generally pleased with the level of partnership relations with the EBRD,” he said, “We wish that you continued the Shelter program, and that we could discuss increasing the Shelter Fund.” 

He noted that new donors could be invited to the process and the relevant work could be conducted in the framework of the International Conference “25 Years since the Chernobyl disaster. Security of the future. 

In this connection President Yanukovych thanked Thomas Mirow for the consent to take part in the preparation and financing of the conference. 

“Our further relations with the EBRD we consider strategic,” Viktor Yanukovych said, adding that Ukraine intends to offer the EBRD participation in its investment projects. 

He reminded that the EBRD had contributed to implementing 200 investment projects in Ukraine. “Thanks to cooperation with you, we are gradually restoring stability of the Ukrainian financial system,” said. 

Viktor Yanukovych stressed that due political stability and reforms launched in 2010, Ukraine managed to get positive economic and financial results. In particular, GDP growth was about 4,5%, industrial production – about 11% and exports – about 30%. 

“The reforms, which were started in Ukraine, now have trust of our partners in the world,” he said, adding that evidence to this are the improving credit ratings of Ukraine. 

He also drew attention to the restoration of cooperation with the IMF, which also positively influenced the development of national economy and improvement of the image of our country in the world. 

“In 2011 we will continue to modernize the economy and other areas of life of our country. There will be reforms launched on 21 different directions,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

“Cooperation with our partners and trust in Ukraine are very important for us… The reforms are also aimed at increasing confidence in our country in the whole world,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

For his part, the EBRD President expressed satisfaction with the stabilization of political and economic situation in Ukraine. In particular, he praised the resumption of cooperation of our country with the IMF and other partners. 

“We still consider Ukraine a very important strategic partner and are ready to continue the investment policy at a high level,” he said. 

Thomas Mirow also confirmed his intention to take part in the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster conference. “I will personally supervise the preparations on our side,” he said.

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