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Kyiv authority intends to organize tourist boom in capital

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2011


News / 25 May 2011 | 17:55

Kyiv authority intends to organize tourist boom in capital

The Kyiv authority expects till 2025 to increase the number of tourists in the capital approximately twofold to 2.6 million persons at the minimum. According to calculations, income of Kyiv from tourism will grow to UAH 12 billion (1 USD – 7.98 UAH).

“Today, to the capital (with population of almost 3 million) annually 1 million tourists come, which is considerably lower against indexes of other East European capitals. By 2025, we intend to fundamentally raise attractiveness of Kyiv as tourist and cultural center and to considerably increase profits from the tourist sector to the city economy,” Head of the Kyiv City State Administration Oleksandr Popov noted, UKRINFORM reported. 

In order to raise tourist attractiveness of Kyiv, a number of measures will be taken, including advertisement campaigns and putting into exploitation 500-700 hotel rooms a year. In total, the register of rooms should be 18,000 (presently, Kyiv accounts for 10,000 hotel rooms).

Another task, which needs to be solved, is an increase of the time for tourists’ stay in Kyiv.

Participants in the Public Council for working out the strategy for Kyiv development also propose to actively develop the city cultural environment. In particular, experts propose similarly to the Silicon Valley to create in Kyiv the Cultural Valley in Kyiv – a center for development of creativity and art of the world level.

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Tymoshenko: Authorities aren’t giving me the chance to communicate with people

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2011


News / 25 May 2011 | 16:16

Tymoshenko: Authorities aren’t giving me the chance to communicate with people

The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) has again denied Yulia Tymoshenko’s request to travel to the Kharkiv oblast, Tymoshenko’s official website reports. 

“They are categorically not allowing me to speak with people in the regions,” Yulia Tymoshenko said after leaving the PGO today. “We again made the categorical demand to allow me to go to the Kharkiv oblast so that I could respond to the invitation of people whose schools and hospitals are being closed, whose pensions are being calculated incorrectly. They are inviting me as the leader of an opposition party to help them.”

Yulia Tymoshenko highlighted that in her second request to visit Kharkiv she asked the investigator to determine the date of her trip. “But it’s important for them to restrict my political work. Their plan is to prevent an opposition party leader from uniting people, from defending them and working,” she said.

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SBU chief: Ukraine is not a high-risk zone of terror attack

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2011


News / 25 May 2011 | 14:29

SBU chief: Ukraine is not a high-risk zone of terror attack

Valeriy Khoroshkovsky, the chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), does not see today a serious threat of terrorism in the country. “But this does not mean that this situation may lull our vigilance,” he said at a news conference, UKRINFORM reported. 

According to him, the issue of possible terrorist threats in Ukraine was discussed in Dnipropetrovsk, east of Ukraine, at a meeting of the Council of Chiefs of Security Agencies and Special Services of CIS Member States.

“During the meeting it was noted that at this stage Ukraine is not a zone of heightened risk of terrorist threats. At the same time we will not reduce our capacity and strengthen work in this area, in particular, improve the activities of Anti-Terrorist Center and interaction within the CIS,” Khoroshkovsky emphasized.

The new strategy of security services in the post-Soviet space identified a few areas: the fight against terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and organized crime.

The meeting participants are confident that the work of intelligence agencies will be truly effective only when the close interaction is ensured.

The Council of Chiefs of Security Agencies and Special Services of CIS Member States, established in March 1997, is the coordination structure of cooperation among national intelligence services in the CIS framework, bringing together partners to address common problems of countering transnational crime.

The meeting was attended by top officials of special services from 11 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine. As an observer the gathering was attended by representatives of intelligence agencies of Germany, Italy and France.

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President: Ukrainian-Russian trade turnover will exceed $50 billion in 2011

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2011


News / 25 May 2011 | 12:41

President: Ukrainian-Russian trade turnover will exceed $50 billion in 2011

Trade turnover between Ukraine and Russia will exceed $50 billion in 2011, President Viktor Yanukovych sad at his meeting with Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller. 

“We are now making estimates on a number of directions. And we see that the trade turnover between our countries continues to grow. From the dynamics we see, it will reach $50 billion. That will happen for the first time in the history of our trade and economic relations,” Viktor Yanukovych said. He reminded that last year, the trade turnover between Ukraine and Russia has grown to nearly $42 billion.

“This is a very serious growth,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

He also noted he plans to meet with his Russian colleague at the end of June in the framework of a meeting of the Ukrainian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission.

Viktor Yanukovych emphasized that the strategic commission chaired by the Presidents of our countries will continue working.

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President meeting Gazprom CEO

Posted by the Editor on May 25, 2011


News / 25 May 2011 | 11:01

President meeting Gazprom CEO

President Viktor Yanukovych held a meeting with Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller and Minister of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko, presidential press office reported.

“We need to find parity solutions and build our relations based on them,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

 The President said he had had a conversation with his Russian colleague Dmitry Medvedev during which the sides had agreed to hold a meeting with the Gazprom CEO and discuss current issues of our cooperation. Viktor Yanukovych said he appreciates Gazprom leadership deminstrating understanding of the situation in Ukraine. Similarly, he said, the Ukrainian side understands the problems of Russia.

Viktor Yanukovych reiterated that the 2009 gas agreements “were incorrect with regard to Ukraine”.”Of course, both the base price and the formula itself are in question. The formula being used for Europe does not suit Ukraine,” he said.

Certainly, Viktor Yanukovych said, the price of gas for our state should be much lower compared with that for European countries, especially given the smaller distance between Ukraine and Russia and the last year’s agreements signed in Kharkiv.

“I would like us to discuss the matter today as good old partners would,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

For his part, the Gazprom CEO pointed to the urgency of today’s meeting, as the current dynamics of gas market in Europe, CIS countries, Russia itself is already clear.

“Today, I am ready to discuss with you the trends on the market, the factors influencing it, and all the issues in our long-term promising cooperation in gas area,” Alexey Miller said.

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