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Azarov: Ukraine has given Russia strong arguments to reassess the price formula for gas

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News / 3 May 2011 | 14:34

Azarov: Ukraine has given Russia strong arguments to reassess the price formula for gas

Azarov: Ukraine has given Russia strong arguments to reassess the price formula for gas

Ukraine has given Russia strong arguments to reassess the price formula for gas, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said in the air of “Ukraine” TV channel.

“We have shown Russia that in accordance with Tymoshenko’s formula Ukraine pays for gas more than Germany or Poland. Is this normal? Does it fit into our strategic partnership? So, President’s and Government’s arguments are very serious this time. And in the largest accounts, Russia will have to agree with us,” Azarov said.

The Head of Government stressed that former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, signing enslaving for Ukraine gas contracts, exceeded her authority and cause a huge loss. “She certainly exceeded her powers. She had no right to give such instructions. And she certainly her actions caused huge losses,” he pointed out.

Mykola Azarov stressed that Ukraine would reach an agreement with Russia to revise the gas price formula exclusively through negotiations without resorting to judicial pressure.

The Prime Minister informed that according to the recent visit of the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Boyko to Moscow, first “meaningful results” were achieved, and after the May holidays, negotiations will continue.

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Experts: Ukraine’s population could shrink by 5 million people by 2030

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News / 3 May 2011 | 12:51

Experts: Ukraine's population could shrink by 5 million people by 2030

Experts: Ukraine’s population could shrink by 5 million people by 2030

Ukraine’s population could shrink by five million people by 2030, experts from the Berlin Institute for Population and Development predicted in their study of the demographic situation in the countries of the former Soviet Union, UKRINFORM reported.

According to projections, Ukraine’s population in 2030 will be 40.19 million people. According to the institute, 45.43 million people lived in Ukraine as of early 2010. According to the report, since 1991, the country has been shrinking by almost 300,000 per year as a result of its high mortality rate.

The population in eastern Ukraine is shrinking faster than in the country’s western regions, according to the report. German experts believe that the reasons for this are the outflow of residents from the country’s eastern regions to the center and the west, as well as better birth rate figures in the west than in the east. In addition, the question of ageing will be urgent for Ukraine in the coming years, as the number of elderly people is expected to increase every year.

German experts advised Ukraine to take steps to stop or reduce the flow of labor abroad and focus on increasing the country’s attractiveness for migrants. To this end, the Ukrainian leadership must undertake crucial reforms that will bring the country to EU standards, according to the study.

According to the State Statistics Service, Ukraine’s population was 45.745 million people as of March 1, 2011.

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Ukrainian Communists call for referendum on domestic, foreign policy issues

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News / 3 May 2011 | 11:02

Ukrainian Communists call for referendum on domestic, foreign policy issues

Ukrainian Communists call for referendum on domestic, foreign policy issues

The Ukrainian Communist Party proposed on Sunday holding a referendum on various issues of the Ukrainian government’s domestic and foreign policies, RIA Novosti informed.

Speaking during a meeting in the capital, Kiev, marking the International Workers’ Day, Communist leader Petro Symonenko said the issue of the country’s cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) should be put to a nationwide vote.

In July 2010, the IMF approved a $15.15-billion standby loan for Ukraine “in support of the authorities’ economic adjustment and reform program” following a request from Kiev. Ukraine received the first $1.89 billion tranche from the fund later in July. The fund is now considering the allocation of two more tranches worth $3 billion to Ukraine in the summer in exchange for pension reforms and higher gas prices.

Symonenko said he believed that Ukraine could solve its economic problems without IMF loans and proposed putting the pension reforms issue to vote, adding that the Ukrainian Communists were against the reforms, Unian said.

The Ukrainian people should also be given the right to decide on the possibility of Ukraine joining the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan and their common economic space.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said that Ukraine will craft its relations with the Customs Union in a 3+1 format, which will contribute to European and Eurasian economic integration.

Russian energy giant Gazprom has estimated that Ukraine could save $8 billion a year on gas prices in it joins the Customs Union. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian constitution prohibits the country from participating in any international alliances.

The proposed prolongation of a moratorium on the sale and purchase of Ukrainian agricultural lands, which expires in 2012, should also be put to vote, Symonenko said.

The referendum should also decide whether Russian should be made a second official language in Ukraine, Symonenko said, adding that Ukraine’s Communists supported this.

Russian is still used in much of Ukraine, especially in the east, the Crimea and the capital Kiev, and there is a strong movement to protect the rights of Russian speakers, which has been criticized by the country’s opposition.

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