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Viktor Yanukovych meets Tony Blair

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News / 6 June 2011 | 18:18

Viktor Yanukovych meets Tony Blair

Viktor Yanukovych meets Tony Blair

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has met with former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair. At the meeting the sides have discuss religious tolerance in Ukraine and in the world. 

“I believe the mission you have come on is very important for Ukraine,” he said addressing Tony Blair, who arrived in Ukraine to give lectures on religious tolerance to the students of Ukraine’s leading universities. 

“Religious tolerance is something that not only Ukraine, but the whole world needs now,” he said. 

President Yanukovych also said he was pleased that it is Tony Blair, “the person enjoying great respect in Europe and worldwide, is working in that area.” 

In turn, Tony Blair stressed the importance of the subject too. “I can say that the issue of religion in the world is now seen as one of the most important,” he said.

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PM Azarov: National economy to reach pre-crisis levels after 2013

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News / 6 June 2011 | 17:15

PM Azarov: National economy to reach pre-crisis levels after 2013

PM Azarov: National economy to reach pre-crisis levels after 2013

With the current pace of growth, the financial and economic indicators of Ukraine will not reach pre-crisis levels before 2013, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said in an interview with UKRINFORM.

“Last year we had more than 4% growth. This year, we estimate an increase of 4% and more. But in 2009 we lost 15%! That is, with this rate of growth, we will get out of the pit we fell into in a year and a half more,” he said.
The premier stressed that political and economic stability contribute to keeping these growth rates.

According to macroeconomic indicators of the Ministry of Finance, the 2011 budget provides for GDP growth of 4.5% and inflation of 8.9%.
Azarov said that in Ukraine there is no reason for the destabilization of economic and financial situation and instability in the foreign exchange market.

“Any normal person, any expert in the Internet age by reading, for example, the data of the State Treasury, the Ministry of Finance, the National Bank, concludes that in this financial and economic situation – it is better in Ukraine than in any previous periods,” he said.

The prime minister noted that now many financial and economic indicators in Ukraine are the best in the last 20 years.

“We now have available funds in the general fund of the State Budget of the government at the Treasury of about UAH 42 billion (USD 1 – UAH 7.97). In none of the reporting periods for the last twenty years the government has such a significant amount of financial resources…The financial and economic situation is absolutely stable,” Azarov emphasized.

According to him, on its accounts the government has approximately UAH 18 billion.

In addition, gold and forex reserves on the accounts of the National Bank have reached their highest for the past twenty years and total more than USD 38 billion.

“All this in aggregate makes the financial and economic situation absolutely stable and reliable,” the prime minister underscored.

According to Azarov, at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on June 7 he plans to discuss the price of Russian natural gas and its transit through Ukrainian territory,

“Tymoshenko signed this fettering for us formula providing for the growth of gas prices, while preserving the then transit rates, thus, in essence, Ukraine suffers losses, without receiving compensation related to the increase in gas prices, the compensation related to gas pumping, which we carry out through our territory. It is also absolutely abnormal,” he said.

“Once the price of gas has increased, let’s compensate us the rate of transit,” the Ukrainian prime minister added.

Azarov said that during a meeting he intends to draw attention of his Russian counterpart that gas for Ukraine is more expensive than for Slovakia or Germany, which are more distant from Russia.

In addition, given the large volumes of purchases, Ukraine will seek discount for this energy resource and focus that just use of its underground storage facilities can provide the supply of resources to Europe, which, however, is not included in the contracts.

The prime minister expressed hope for understanding Ukraine’s position by the Russian side, because, he said, “we in our proposals proceed from the fact that our countries have a strategic partnership, there are normal neighborly relations, which we have largely restored”.

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President congratulates Ukrainian journalists on their professional holiday

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News / 6 June 2011 | 15:58

President congratulates Ukrainian journalists on their professional holiday

President congratulates Ukrainian journalists on their professional holiday

On Journalists’ Day, June 6, Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine congratulated representatives of the mass media with their profession holiday.

“On the day of their professional holiday, I wish Ukrainian journalists new opportunities in the implementation of their tasks – hold the standards of journalism up, always be a reliable communicator of the society, inform people about what is going on in the country and the world objectively and truthfully.

Journalism in Ukraine has become a sensitive barometer of the democratic processes, a sanitary that helps cleansing the society of all the adverse phenomena, a significant tool in the fight against corruption.

I am convinced that journalists will remain on the edge of life and make a significant contribution into the reforming of our country. And the government will do everything for further development of press freedom in Ukraine.

I wish good and sound health to all the journalists of Ukraine,” Yanukovych said in his congratulation speech.

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PM Azarov: Ukraine to pay off all external debts on time

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News / 6 June 2011 | 14:32

PM Azarov: Ukraine to pay off all external debts on time

PM Azarov: Ukraine to pay off all external debts on time

Ukraine is paying off all its external liabilities on time, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said in his opening speech at the Ukrainian-Danish Business Forum in Kyiv Monday.

“During the year we have managed to stabilize the situation with our external obligations. As of today, Ukraine absolutely on time settles all its external obligations and has a schedule of repayment, which is based entirely on its own resources,” Azarov emphasized.

He added that over the year the government has managed to stabilize the financial and banking system of Ukraine, making this year’s expected budget deficit of 3%.

The prime minister noted that Ukraine will continue its cooperation with international financial institutions, in particular, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, etc. “These are financial institutions, which we rely on, with whom we together carry out economic policies aimed at modernizing our country,” the head of the government said.

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President: Regions of Ukraine should be more active in attracting investment

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News / 6 June 2011 | 12:48

President: Regions of Ukraine should be more active in attracting investment

President: Regions of Ukraine should be more active in attracting investment

President Viktor Yanukovych urges the regions of Ukraine to be more active in searching for and attracting investment, he said today at a meeting of the Council of Regions in Yalta. 

“We will hold an exhibition of investment attractiveness of the regions soon, most likely in the fall, where each region will show its capabilities: prepared investment projects, proposals, etc.,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

The President noted that despite much has been said about the importance of regional development and attracting investment to the regions, not all the regions have responded to that appropriately. He said he is well aware, who of the regional administrations chairmen and regional communities dedicates enough attention to this issue, and who does not. 

Viktor Yanukovych also added that the Government block responsible for regional development is not doing its job very well. “We do not see enough activity here. It must not be so,” he said. 

Addressing the meeting, the President urged them to be more initiative. “We, on our part, will be crating conditions at the state level, and promoting these programs (of regional development) at the international level. You will have the opportunity of representing our regions abroad,” he said.

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President requests political forces to stop speculations on history, language and ethno-cultural issues

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News / 6 June 2011 | 11:01

President requests political forces to stop speculations on history, language and ethno-cultural issues

President requests political forces to stop speculations on history, language and ethno-cultural issues

President Viktor Yanukovych appeals to all the political forces of Ukraine with the request to end political speculations on history, language and ethno-cultural issues. 

“I would like to warn the politicians, and those who play such a policy and encourage people to dangerous behavior: you will be brought to justice for violation of law and order, and posing threat to the life and health of people. And there will be no exceptions, regardless of political colors and flags,” he said at a a meeting of the Council of Regions in Yalta. 

“I urge all the politicians to tolerance and cooperation,” he said. 

He added that this year Ukraine is celebrating the 20th anniversary of independence and 15th anniversary of the Constitution. “Independence of the country, its development, raising people’s welfare, strict observance of human rights are the things that should unite us all,” Viktor Yanukovych said. 

The President proposed that MPs, all the politicians regardless of flag color, made a joint appeal to reconciliation and avoiding radicalism in politics. 

“I think such a statement could become an important bridge of understanding between the regional councils of the west, east, north and south of Ukraine,” he said. 

“Dear colleagues, please stop competing over who makes the loudest statement. Let’s make it a thing of the past and forget about it – it causes only disrespect for politicians. That is not what the country and society need today. We should think how to build a strong, powerful country, how to improve people’s lives. Let’s compete over that instead,” Viktor Yanukovych said.

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