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President welcomes transfer of Ukrainian National House

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2011


News / 21 March 2011 | 17:57

President welcomes transfer of Ukrainian National House

President welcomes transfer of Ukrainian National House

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych has welcomed the completion of the transfer of the National House in Przemysl to the Ukrainian community in Poland, the head of state said in a telegram addressed to the Union of Ukrainians in Poland, presidential press office reported.

“This is a real step towards reviving relations between our countries, towards understanding and correcting historical mistakes of the past that we are trying to make with President Komorowski, based on the political formula “we forgive and ask for forgiveness,” President Viktor Yanukovych said. 

“I welcome the formal transfer of the Ukrainian National House in Przemysl to our community and promise that the Ukrainian state will do everything to make this house really comfortable, warm and cheerful. Ukrainians with Polish citizenship will constantly feel care of Ukraine, their homeland,” he said.

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Azarov: Ukraine’s position on FTA is flexible

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2011


News / 21 March 2011 | 16:12

Azarov: Ukraine's position on FTA is flexible

Azarov: Ukraine’s position on FTA is flexible

The Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov said that Ukrain takes a flexible position in negotiations on the Agreement on the free trade area with the European Union. The Ukrainian Premier stressed during the meeting with British businessmen.

The Head of Government noted that the actually position of the agreement on an FTA with the European Union has agreed by 90%; still has not agreed sensitive issues for Ukraine on agriculture and services transporters.

According to him, through the introduction of very low quotas for Ukrainian agricultural products (wheat – about 20 thousand tons, pork – 1,5 thousand tons, poultry meat – 1 thousand tons) “European market practically remains closed to Ukraine. It’s not an open market is not free trade,” Mykola Azarov said.

According to the Prime Minister, a compromise to find is a gradual, over 10 years, increasing of quotas for Ukrainian food which leads to trade without restrictions and exemptions. “Let’s find a compromise position: if you insist on maintaining quotas, we are ready to go to meet and maintain these quotas, but for a fixed term. Let’s establish a transition period of 10 years and each year these quotas will increase, and then cancel them,” Mykola Azarov suggested.

The Head of Ukrainian Government expressed surprise at restrictions for agricultural products from Ukraine to European markets under the increase of food crisis and unstable climatic conditions in the world. According to Mykola Azarov, Ukraine, which has enough fertile land and favorable climate, provided the necessary reforms in agriculture, would greatly complement the EU market with high-quality food.

As for the second position in the controversial negotiations on the FTA with the EU regarding services to transporters, Mykola Azarov said: “Hundreds of thousands of people working in this business: how can we close it, and tell people that tomorrow they will become unemployed.”

But the Prime Minister expressed hope for consensus in the negotiation process . “Out of what I said, it is clear that our position is flexible and we have a desire to negotiate,” he said.

In his turn, British Ambassador to Ukraine Mr. Leigh Turner said he hoped to sign an agreement this year on the FTA between Ukraine and the European Union.

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Vitali Klitschko defends his WBC heavyweight title

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2011


News / 21 March 2011 | 14:34

Vitali Klitschko defends his WBC heavyweight title

Vitali Klitschko defends his WBC heavyweight title

Ukrainian heavyweight boxer Vitali Klitschko has defended his WBC world heavyweight title in a fight against Odlanier Solis of Cuba, UKRINFORM reported.

Klitschko knocked out Solis at the last second of the first round. The 39-year-old only needed one shot to finish the bout, as he caught Solis on the temple with a grazing right hand near the end of the round. The blow didn’t appear to be capable of producing a one-punch knockout, but the off-balance Solis wrenched his knee and couldn’t beat the count.

After the fight, Klitschko said he was disappointed that the fight ended so quickly. “I didn’t hope that everything would end so quickly,” he said.

Thus, the elder Klitschko won a 42nd victory in his professional career (39 Kos).

This is the first defeat for Solis in his professional career. Before that, he won all 17 fights (12 KOs).

The bout was held at the Lanxess Sports Arena in Cologne, which seats 19,000 spectators.

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Tymoshenko: Ukraine has a genuine opposition

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2011


News / 21 March 2011 | 12:44

Tymoshenko: Ukraine has a genuine opposition

Tymoshenko: Ukraine has a genuine opposition

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes that the opposition’s main achievement over the last year was the very fact of its existence in spite of the criminal persecution and repression.

“The main achievement is that there is a real opposition in a country with this kind of government, and despite the arrests, criminal charges, discrimination campaign and everything else being done today against the opposition, there is an opposition in Ukraine,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on the show “Big Politics with Yevhen Kyseliov” on the Inter channel.

Yulia Tymoshenko believes that the opposition’s main task going forward is to work with civil society to defend citizens’ rights and freedoms. “Our goal is for the opposition together with civil society, and politicians willing to oppose what the government is proposing, to be united, to work out a common strategy and oppose the government’s unacceptable plans for Ukraine,” she said, Tymoshenko’s official website reported.

“There is an opposition in Ukraine. Many post-soviet countries can’t say the same,” she added.

During the program, the audience was asked the following question: “How would you rate Yulia Tymoshenko’s work in the opposition?” 53% of viewers gave Yulia Tymoshenko a positive rating, while 47% consider her opposition activities as negative.

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President’s statement regarding situation in Libya

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2011


Analytics / 21 March 2011 | 12:36

President's statement regarding situation in Libya

President’s statement regarding situation in Libya

A number of states have launched military action today to enforce UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011) concerning the situation in Libya. 

Ukraine believes that the efforts of those involved in resolving the situation in Libya, should be primarily focused on protecting and guaranteeing safety to civilians, including the citizens of Ukraine who remain in Libya with a noble humanitarian mission to help the sick and injured. 

According to the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions are binding on all the UN Member States, therefore Ukraine will steadily carry out the provisions of the abovementioned resolutions. However, we underscore the provision of Resolution 1973 (2011) regarding the unacceptability of any form of foreign occupation of the territory of Libya.

It is fundamentally important for us that even despite the establishment of a no-fly zone over the territory of Libya, all the possibilities of providing humanitarian aid and evacuation of civilians were preserved. Ukraine is ready to provide such aid and evacuate Ukrainian citizens and citizens of our international partners, including through the provision of relevant operational capabilities. 

On my instruction the Ministry Foreign Affairs and other authorities of Ukraine continue providing all the necessary assistance to citizens of Ukraine on the territory of Libya. We maintain regular contact with the governments of other countries, including those involved in the military action. 

I would like to emphasize that our main priority is safety of our citizens and their subsequent evacuation from the territory of Libya, as well as providing humanitarian assistance to victims of the armed conflict due to enforcement of the no-fly zone over the territory of Libya.

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Yanukovych, Azarov discuss pension reform

Posted by the Editor on March 21, 2011


News / 21 March 2011 | 11:01

Yanukovych, Azarov discuss pension reform

Yanukovych, Azarov discuss pension reform

The draft law on pension reform is not ready for consideration of the Parliament, President Viktor Yanukovych said at his meeting with Prime Minister Mykola Azarov. 

“I have initiated cancelling consideration of the law on pension reform this week,” he said, presidential press office reported. 

Providing arguments on the step, the President stressed that “the bill is not ready to be voted.” 

“I get lots of emails daily from NGOs, citizens of Ukraine, which indicate that people are not familiar with the provisions of this law… They actually do not know anything about the pension reform,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

He stressed that before consideration of the bill on pension reform in the Parliament, it is necessary to conduct an extensive explanatory work among the citizens. “Before it (the bill) is considered in the Parliament, it is essential to make sure that the people understand it,” Viktor Yanukovych stressed. 

In this regard, Viktor Yanukovych has instructed Mykola Azarov to improve public discussion of the pension reform. “Additionally, it is necessary to hold public hearings in the regions,” he said, “I know that Vice Prime Minister Tigipko has done a good job in this direction, and not only he. But this is not enough.” 

Viktor Yanukovych noted that the pension reform is a very serious step, so the country’s leadership should treat it responsibly. He said the reform is primarily aimed at “increasing pensions to those pensioners, who now cannot live on such small pensions.” 

He also stressed that under the provisions of the bill the maximum pension will be reduced significantly. “We greatly reduce the upper limit, which has already reached 60 thousand UAH. This limit shall not exceed ten times the minimum pension,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

The President believes that through the reform, wages will be brought out of shadows, thus enabling raising pensions. “Through the pension reform we will legalize salaries, and people who retire will get higher pensions. They will be much higher than the meager wages they receive in envelopes,” the President summed up.

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