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Azarov threatens Russia and EU to dismount the gas pipe

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News / 14 September 2011 | 18:06

Azarov threatens Russia and EU to dismount the gas pipe

Azarov threatens Russia and EU to dismount the gas pipe

Ukraine wants clarity from Russia and the EU on the prospects of using its transit system to supply Russian gas to Europe, Prime Minister’s spokesman Vitaliy Lukianenko told reporters commenting on the launch of the Nord Stream pipeline by Russia, UKRINFORM reported.

“Russia is building a bypass pipeline around Ukraine. Ukraine wants to get a clear answer, whether in the future the Russian Federation plans to use the Ukrainian GTS. If not, its maintenance will become unprofitable for Ukraine, and Ukraine will have to dismantle the system,” Lukianenko emphasized.

Lukianenko, quoting Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, recalled that the unique and essential component of the Ukrainian GTS is underground gas storage facilities located near the western border of Ukraine. They provide absolutely stable gas supplies to Western Europe under any circumstances. At the same time the bypassing pipelines – Nord and South Stream – do not have such opportunities as they are laid on the seabed and are subject to even more unexplored risks.

“If Ukraine discontinues the operation of its GTS, this poses a very serious risk factor for Europe. Therefore, Ukraine also wants to learn Europe’s plans for the Ukrainian gas transit route, which provides a guaranteed supply of gas under all weather and environmental conditions,” Lukianenko underscored.

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NBU to mine gold for replenishing gold value reserves

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News / 14 September 2011 | 17:30

NBU to mine gold for replenishing gold value reserves

NBU to mine gold for replenishing gold value reserves

The head of the National Bank of Ukraine Serhiy Arbuzov believes that gold mining in Ukraine will allow replenishing gold value reserves of the NBU.

In an interview with ForUm, Arbuzov underlined importance of the National program of development of Ukraine’s mineral resources base for the period till 2030, approved as a law on April 21, 2011.

According to him, NBU is considering to invite an international audit company, which will confirm gold reserves in Ukraine, as it is a required condition for industrial gold mining.

“According to the procedure, the mined gold will be bought by NBU and after refining will replenish gold value reserves of the National Bank. This will allow us add gold to NBU reserves and confirm it in IMF,” NBU head explained.

According to him, the president and Cabinet have reached an agreement regarding increase of gold value reserve of NBU.

Due to data of the State Geology service, Ukraine possesses about 2.5-3 thousand tons of gold. The biggest  deposits are in the Carpathians (about 400 tons), Great Donbass (about 500 tons), Kirovograd and Dniepropetrovs regions and in Crimea. It is planned to mine the first part of gold already in 2011.

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President Yanukovych to open UN high-level meeting on nuclear safety

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News / 14 September 2011 | 17:00

President Yanukovych to open UN high-level meeting on nuclear safety

President Yanukovych to open UN high-level meeting on nuclear safety

Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev has said that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been invited to open a high-level meeting on nuclear safety, which will be held next week as part of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, which opened in New York on September 13.

Sergeyev said that the high-level meeting on nuclear safety would be held by a small group of world leaders – the presidents of the United States, Brazil, South Korea, France and the prime minister of Japan, UKRINFORM reported.

“Speaking about the nuclear segment of the 66th session, it should be noted that our state is an example of concrete actions, rather than declarations on the path to a nuclear-free and safer world. By giving up the world’s third-largest nuclear weapons stockpile, we have demonstrated our desire to throw into the past the era, in which nuclear weapons were ‘the last argument’ in international conflicts. Last year, we declared our desire to consistently get rid of excessive highly enriched uranium and have also taken this step. Therefore, there’s no doubt that the opinion of our country is being taken into account,” the diplomat said in an interview with UKRINFORM.

Sergeyev said that the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, in addition to nuclear safety and security, the dialogue on promoting the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, also addressed such important issues as the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, nutritional problems, and measures to prevent desertification, etc.

“Ukraine, as an active participant in most processes taking place within the UN, pays the necessary attention to each issue put on the agenda. First and foremost, we will monitor the issues addressing nuclear safety and health care,” he said.

The presidential press service reported earlier that on September 9, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had invited President Viktor Yanukovych to attend a high-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

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Government convincing IMF not to increase gas price for public

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News / 14 September 2011 | 16:30

Government convincing IMF not to increase gas price for public

Government convincing IMF not to increase gas price for public

The Ukrainian government is insisting in its talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the gas price for the public be kept at the current level, First Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Kliuyev said.

“As for the price of gas for the public, we are now holding talks [with the IMF] in order to keep the gas price at the current level,” he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

Kliuyev said that the government had envisaged “the payment of the price difference” in the draft state budget for 2012.

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OSCE PA President: concern over persecution of Yulia Tymoshenko is growing

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News / 14 September 2011 | 15:58

OSCE PA President: concern over persecution of Yulia Tymoshenko is growing

OSCE PA President: concern over persecution of Yulia Tymoshenko is growing

The President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Petros Efthymiou, says there is increasing concern over the trial of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko.

“I made my statement regarding the case of Yulia Tymoshenko in early August, but, unfortunately, the current situation is cause for even greater concern,” Petros Efthymiou said during a meeting today in Kyiv with representatives of the Ukrainian opposition.

Petros Efthymiou said that he plans to discuss the ex-premier’s case during all his meetings with representatives of the Ukrainian government, as he did today with Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn.

He expressed hope that his talks and consultations with Ukraine’s leadership may help resolve the political crisis.

During the meeting, Hryhoriy Nemyria, deputy head of the Batkivshchyna Party, passed along greetings from Yulia Tymoshenko.

In August, Petros Efthymiou said that the arrest of ex-Premier Yulia Tymoshenko demonstrated the application of selective justice in Ukraine. “Along with other representatives of the international community I am carefully monitoring this trial and I would like to stress the need for fair, transparent and independent judicial processes that would help prevent the impression of a policy of selective justice,” he said.

The president of the OSCE PA didn’t rule out that politics were behind the case against Yulia Tymoshenko. “Although the charges against Tymoshenko are quite serious, no less serious are the suspicions that this trial is politically motivated,” he said.

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Kazak ataman deported from Crimea to Russia

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News / 14 September 2011 | 15:23

Kazak ataman deported from Crimea to Russia

Kazak ataman deported from Crimea to Russia

District administrative court of Crimea granted immediate forced deportation to Russia the leader of the pro-Russian Kazak organization ‘Sobol” Vitaly Khramov.

Law enforcement bodies initiated his deportation for illegal possession of Ukrainian passport and double citizenship – Khramov is simultaneously a citizen of Russia and Ukraine.

The court agreed with the conclusions of the prosecution, which states that public activity of ‘Sobol’ leader results in spread of interethnic and religious hatred, and that his further stay on the territory of Ukraine “threatens the public order.”

The court forbid Khramov entering Ukraine for the next five years, and last night the Kazak was deported immediately.

Khramov did not agree with the court decision, saying it was politically motivated. According to him, the government of Crimea took revenge for his anti-power statements.

The Kazak leader repeatedly declared that he had been living in Crimea for 27 years and got Ukrainian citizenship automatically, when Ukraine became independent. The court has not considered his arguments convincing enough.

Khramov is well known for his public insults aimed at Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and Jewish. Four criminal cases were instituted against him for stirring interethnic hatred.

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Speaker Lytvyn: Ukraine has to solve internal problems for effective presidency of OSCE

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News / 14 September 2011 | 14:44

Speaker Lytvyn: Ukraine has to solve internal problems for effective presidency of OSCE

Speaker Lytvyn: Ukraine has to solve internal problems for effective presidency of OSCE

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn is convinced that, for its effective presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2013, Ukraine must solve a series of internal problems. He stated this at a press briefing after his meeting with President of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Petros Efthymiou, according to UKRINFORM.

The meeting covered issues involved in military and political security, as well as economic cooperation within the OSCE, energy security, human rights and democratic values.

Efthymiou expressed concern about the trials of the Ukrainian opposition leaders: former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

He stressed that he had already expressed his concern in a statement on August 11, 2011, and stood by his opinion.

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Preliminary conclusion of Venice Commission on Law on elections returned to Ukraine

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News / 14 September 2011 | 14:15

Preliminary conclusion of Venice Commission on Law on elections returned to Ukraine

Preliminary conclusion of Venice Commission on Law on elections returned to Ukraine

The Law of Ukraine on elections includes several recommendations to improve legislation on elections of MPs, made before by various domestic and international organizations, including the Venice Commission and OSCE, stated Minister of Justice Oleksandr Lavrynovych, commenting on preliminary draft joint opinion of the Venice Commission on the Draft Law on Election of MPs of Ukraine.

According to the minister, the conclusion states that in whole bill provides detailed regulation of elections and includes a number of improvements to the electoral law. “The project includes several recommendations to improve legislation on elections, made before by various domestic and international organizations, including the Venice Commission and OSCE,” he said.

Lavrynovych also informed that the Ministry of Justice started to analyze the preliminary conclusions of the Commission. According to the minister, based on practice, it is expected that the official conclusion will be very similar in content to the preliminary document, handed to Ukraine by the Venice Commission.

Currently, he said, the text of the preliminary draft joint opinion of the Venice Commission is submitted for translation into Ukrainian, and it will be posted on the Ministry of Justice website.

The official thanked the experts of the Venice Commission and OSCE, noting that their operational work helps to ensure that Parliament can adopt the electoral law in terms recommended by the Venice Commission – a year before the parliamentary elections in the state.

September 13, 2011 Ministry of Justice received the preliminary draft joint opinion informal opinion of the Venice Commission on the Law of Ukraine on Election of People’s Deputies of Ukraine. The conclusion is based on the comments to the bill submitted by two members of the Venice Commission – Aivars Endzins, Latvia and Srdjan Darmanovic, Montenegro, as well as OSCE Legal Expert Don Bisson.

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