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President’s address on the Day to Honor Ukrainian Soldiers-Participants of Military Operations Abroad

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Analytics / 15 February 2011 | 16:13

President's address on the Day to Honor Ukrainian Soldiers-Participants of Military Operations Abroad

President’s address on the Day to Honor Ukrainian Soldiers-Participants of Military Operations Abroad

Dear compatriots!

On February 15, we honor in Ukraine the participants of military operations abroad.

On this day we express our deep respect to everyone, who happened to perform their civic and military duty in the “hot spots” of the planet, and take part in local wars and armed conflict settlement.

With great honor we recollect those, who sacrificed their lives for peace and stability in the world. The memory of them is immortal.

I would like to express sincere gratitude to all those, who had taken part in military missions in other countries, for their courage and heroism, professionalism and high responsibility, which are highly appreciated by the international community.

It is gratifying to note that the former soldiers are maintaining their military brotherhood, taking an active stance in life, and directing their efforts into development of the Ukrainian state and achieving unity and consolidation of the society.

Your dedication to the interests of the Motherland, your patriotism and military prowess are an example for the current generation of Ukrainian soldiers, who are honored to perform the important task of peacekeeping.

As President of Ukraine, I will continue to support the veterans-internationalists social movement. We will be working consistently to solve the problems you are facing, and doing everything possible to make you feel the appropriate attention and care of the state.

I sincerely wish good health, peace, kindness and new achievements to you and your families. 

Viktor Yanukovych

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NATO may draw Ukraine in discussing plans to deploy missile defense in Europe

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News / 15 February 2011 | 16:11

NATO may draw Ukraine in discussing plans to deploy missile defense in Europe

NATO may draw Ukraine in discussing plans to deploy missile defense in Europe

NATO is ready in the future to involve Ukraine into discussing the deployment of missile defenses in Europe. James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, said this at a news conference in Moscow, as UKRINFORM reported from Russia.

At this stage, NATO, he said, is in talks on this issue only with Russia, but the alliance’s secretary-general is very well aware of the importance of a coordinated defense for Europe’s future.

That’s why, Appathurai said, they hope to continue the discussion (of the ABM issue) and start cooperating with other countries. So all the European nations, including Ukraine, must be sure that the task is not to conduct a watershed in Europe, but to provide common defense, he added.

The Special Representative also said they respect the choice of the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian people to have a non-aligned status. But the intention to cooperate with Ukraine since then has not diminished, and NATO continues to remember the obligations assumed in Bucharest, he noted.

According to Appathurai, it seems clear to the alliance that the Ukrainian government intends to further develop its cooperation with NATO in various fields. He also indicated that Ukraine is actively continuing to participate in NATO operations.

As reported, in early November 2010, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, during his visit to Moscow, said he did not rule out the inclusion of the Ukrainian early warning systems in Sevastopol and Mukacheve in the European missile defense system.

November 23 in Warsaw, Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Raisa Bohatyriova stated that Ukraine was ready to take part in the European missile defense system that NATO planned to create to protect Europe and the US.

December 15, NSDC First Deputy Secretary Stepan Havrysh said that Ukraine could take part in the creation of NATO missile defense system only together with Russia.

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Tymoshenko officially invited to EPP Summit

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News / 15 February 2011 | 14:27

Tymoshenko officially invited to EPP Summit

Tymoshenko officially invited to EPP Summit

President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Wilfried Martens has officially invited Yulia Tymoshenko to attend the upcoming EPP Summit, which will take place on March 23-24 in Brussels, according to Tymoshenko’s official website.

“We will be very happy to see you among the summit participants, during which you, Yulia, will also have the opportunity to meet with the leaders of EU member states,” he said in a telephone conversation with Yulia Tymoshenko, initiated by the EPP President.

Wilfried Martens expressed indignation over the actions by the Yanukovych government. “I am outraged by the actions of the ruling regime, which have nothing in common with democracy. I am calling to once again express my support for you personally and your political force, the Batkivshchyna Party, and its clear position on defending European values and the principles of democracy,” he said.

Yulia Tymoshenko thanked Wilfried Martens for the support and solidarity, and stressed that the European choice remains a top priority for her political party.

“I appreciate the position and solidarity of the EPP and am proud that the Batkivshchyna Party is part of this most influential group. Your position, which has been expressed repeatedly in resolutions and statements at EPP summits and assemblies, is important not only for me personally, but for all of the Ukrainian people. I see your solidarity as support for Ukraine’s European perspective,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

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Boyko summarized the results of the Washington meeting of Ukrainian-American Working Group on Energy Security

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News / 15 February 2011 | 12:49

Boyko summarized the results of the Washington meeting of Ukrainian-American Working Group on Energy Security

Boyko summarized the results of the Washington meeting of Ukrainian-American Working Group on Energy Security

February 14, 2011 during working trip to the U.S. the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko summarized the results of the second session of Ukrainian-American working group on energy security, Cabinet’s press office informs.

In his speech during the meeting Yuriy Boyko stressed the importance of active Ukrainian-American cooperation in energy and stressed that the results of the previous meeting of the Working Group are implemented in the Ukrainian-American project. “I note that the agreements reached during the first meeting being implemented in a number of joint projects,” the Minister said.

Particular attention was paid to the development of cooperation with the U.S. in the nuclear energy sector. “The Ukrainian side is interested in developing cooperation with the American side in the nuclear energy sector, including nuclear safety enhancing, lifetime extension of existing reactors, and cooperation on education and supplies of nuclear fuel and building capacities for storage of worked out fuel. At the same time I would like to emphasize that the Ukrainian side is interested in continuing projects of the U.S. International Nuclear Safety programme“, Yuri Boyko said.

The Minister of Energy and Coal industry also noted that Ukraine is actively developing the international cooperation. In collaboration with the partners, Ukraine forms its energy policy on the principle of openness and transparency, and becomes member of the Energy Community, he said. “Ukraine’s membership to the Energy Community should significantly deepen energy cooperation between Ukraine and the EU and strengthen the security of energy supplies to Ukraine and the EU. The entry of Ukraine into the EU internal energy market is the beginning of the actual implementation of the concept of sectoral integration of Ukraine into the EU, which is incorporated in a future Association Agreement”, Yuri Boyko said.

In his speech, the Minister praised the success of the U.S. in exploration and extraction of gas from alternative sources and hopeຯspan> to step up cooperation with U.S. companies in this field in Ukraine. “The Ukrainian side takes measures to initiate cooperation with transnational corporations on development and production of unconventional gas in Ukraine. I would like to emphasize that we are interested in establishing cooperation in this sphere with the USA”, the Minister stressed.

Yuri Boyko informed the American side on the steps of the Ukrainian government in the direction of diversification of sources of natural gas to Ukraine, including the decision to build an LNG terminal. He expressed interest in attracting U.S. companies to its construction. “Ukraine is interested in attracting American energy companies to collaborate in the project of building an LNG terminal”, the Minister said.

He also expressed confidence to continue dialogue between Ukraine and the United States in frame of the Working Group to promote further development of cooperation and joint projects in the energy sector.

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Ukraine going through rethinking of its development – FM Hryshchenko

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News / 15 February 2011 | 11:11

Ukraine going through rethinking of its development - FM Hryshchenko

Ukraine going through rethinking of its development – FM Hryshchenko

Our relationship with the U.S. is undoubtedly an important factor in our own internal development, and here we need a relationship based on understanding what is happening in Ukraine and where we could cooperate for further development, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostiantyn Hryshchenko said in Washington, speaking at the Carnegie Endowment, UKRINFORM reports.

The Ukrainian minister recalled the words of U.S. President Barack Obama from his current message to the nation: each country from time to time should rethink what is happening to it. It is through such a phase, the foreign minister believes, the Ukrainian state is coming today. Ukraine is reconsidering itself, he said.

This is the beginning of deeper reforms in the socio-economic, territorial-administrative, judicial, defense, financial, educational, medical and pension fields.

But, Kostiantyn Hryshchenko assured, this rethinking does not pertain to democracy, human rights and freedom of speech. These core values have remained unchanged for the country.

Kostiantyn Hryshchenko is on a visit to the United States, where he is attending the Third Session of Ukrainian-American Commission on Strategic Partnership.

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