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Merkel called Yanukovych concerning political trials

Posted by the Editor on September 16, 2011


News / 16 September 2011 | 18:29

Merkel called Yanukovych concerning political trials

Merkel called Yanukovych concerning political trials

Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel expressed an anxiety about recent events in Ukraine in a telephone talk with President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych, “Ukrainska Pravda” learned from a source in German Ambassy to Ukraine, UNIAN reported.

However, there is no information about this telephone talk between Yanukovych and  Merkel at the official web site of the president.

“In a telephone talk the Federal Chancellor touched on issues concerning recent trials in Ukraine. She underlined that the politicians should compete at election and not to  sort things out with a help of judicial system”, representatives of the embassy said.

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Tymoshenko: Freedom of speech, that for 11 years has been associated with the name Georgiy Gongadze, will return to Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on September 16, 2011


Analytics / 16 September 2011 | 17:36

Tymoshenko: Freedom of speech, that for 11 years has been associated with the name Georgiy Gongadze, will return to Ukraine

Tymoshenko: Freedom of speech, that for 11 years has been associated with the name Georgiy Gongadze, will return to Ukraine

Today it seems that Gia was number one in Ukrainian political journalism at the time – the symbol of an era. But no, he became a symbol later. Back then he was simply one of those who spoke the truth. And he was killed for the truth, not because he was the most influential or was privy to some terrible secrets.

The country in 2000 knew very little about the Internet, and Ukrayinska Pravda wasn’t the main source of information for most, as the vast majority of the population got its information from television channels that, just as now, are controlled by the government.

Georgiy’s colleagues were mostly journalists, not politicians, and after his disappearance they went out into the streets and demanded that he be found. Everyone suspected that the government had done something bad, while the authorities regularly reported that someone somewhere allegedly saw Gia, either in Georgia or Lviv. But everything was quiet and peaceful until the “cassette scandal.”

The country exploded with Georgiy’s name. For the first time in a decade, the all-powerful government was at a loss for what to do. The civilized world turned away from the Ukrainian president. Journalists for the first time admitted there was censorship. The democratic opposition forces united. The country took a step towards the Orange Revolution. The path was irreversible…

Some now say it was provocation against Ukraine. No, it wasn’t provocation. This was the establishment of authoritarian rule through the ritual killings of messengers of freedom. In a nation’s history there are mechanisms of self-preservation and survival, even when this trigger is a murdered journalist. Gia died but he was able to raise the nation to a struggle for self-preservation. He was a courageous man who survived the horrible war in the Caucuses, he wasn’t afraid of threats or “advice” to stay silent. But I don’t think that he woke up every morning with a readiness to give his life for the truth…Sometimes fate deals you a card to play an Important Role in history, even against your own will.

I don’t know if “Ukraine without Kuchma” or the Orange Revolution would have happened with Georgiy Gongadze. Maybe, but not as soon.

But that’s not the issue. What’s important is that society didn’t stay silent, didn’t come to terms with his brutal murder. The country responded not to repressions, not to persecution of the opposition, not to the numerous cases of corruption and abuse, but to the death of a Man who dared to speak the Truth. Ukraine made a decisive step towards democracy when it lost a messenger of freedom of speech.

Since then, the democratic struggle in Ukraine has been a struggle for freedom of speech, and the main achievement of the Maidan wasn’t Yushchenko’s victory, it was freeing the television channels from censorship.

…Today we are again losing this pained freedom of speech. To learn the truth we again have to turn off the television, switch on the computer and go to Ukrayinska Pravda…just like 11 years ago.

Again there are temnyky, instructions, directions…

As a politician, I don’t always like what is written about me. There were times when I was angrier at Mustafa Nayem or Serhiy Leshchenko than at Yanukovych and Azarov combined. These are emotions and there’s no escaping them.

But I clearly know that the country I’m fighting for and the country I was to see is one where you can safely speak the truth and not be afraid.

It’s a shame that we so quickly forgot the price we paid for free speech, because the real loss of independence begins not with a drop in GDP or inflation, this loss begins with the first temnyk, the first silenced news program, the first manipulation, the first executed order to “Be Silent!”

I ask everyone: let’s not lose our Freedom. Let’s preserve is as a great, real value, let’s not adjust it to certain interests, because no “stability” and “growth” is worth even one lost free word. I want on this September 16 for every journalist, before going on air or sitting behind his computer, to think of Georgiy for at least a minute, remember what freedom of speech means to us all…

If we can preserve freedom of speech, if we can bring back that desire to speak only the truth, all other problems associated with the battle against dictatorship will be solved rather quickly. The regime can fight opposition politicians, can erect fences between them and the people, can break up a peaceful demonstrations, but “freedom of speech” is a virus that kills a dishonest government and it has no immunity against it.

I believe that Ukrainian “freedom of speech” that for 11 years has been associated with Gia’s name – a brave and honest boy from Georgia – will return to the country, and this will happen much faster than anyone expects.

Yulia Tymoshenko

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Obama waiting Yanukovych for Nuclear Summit

Posted by the Editor on September 16, 2011


News / 16 September 2011 | 17:28

Obama waiting Yanukovych for Nuclear Summit

Obama waiting Yanukovych for Nuclear Summit

The United States welcomes steps taken by Ukraine to give up its highly enriched uranium, U.S. President Barack Obama has said in a letter to his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych.

Since the historic meeting in Washington in April 2010, the two countries have witnessed many steps to enhance the safety of nuclear materials around the world and strengthen common efforts to prevent the smuggling of nuclear materials, the press service of the Ukrainian president quoted Obama as saying.

The U.S. president also noted the progress made by Ukraine in implementing the joint statement regarding nuclear safety issues, which was adopted in April 2010.

Obama also expressed hope to meet with Yanukovych during the second summit on nuclear safety, which will be held in Seoul in March 2012. Obama said that he was looking forward to attending the summit and hoping to meet with Yanukovych. He said that working together, the two countries will ensure the success of the summit in Seoul and help better protect the world from nuclear terrorism.

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Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry stands for removal of grain export duties

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News / 16 September 2011 | 16:30

Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry stands for removal of grain export duties

Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry stands for removal of grain export duties

The Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry stands for removal of export duty for grain cultures, Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk said.

“I want that export duty is removed. My task as Minister, the main task is not to slow down grain export, because grain is an export product, a full-fledged product and we should understand that this commodity is in demand and this is a perspective for our country. It was 100-120 years back and it exists now,” Prysiazhniuk said, UKRINFORM reported.

According to him, the fact that Ukraine now has possibility of exporting 24-25 million tons of grain is very positive, but it should be remembered that by limiting export “we can slow down the volumes of grain production and reduce investments.”

According to Prysiazhniuk, presently an instruction of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov is in effect to hold a meeting with grain traders so that 25 million tons of grain will be sent for export.

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Putin: Customs Union is more beneficial for Ukraine than EU zone

Posted by the Editor on September 16, 2011


News / 16 September 2011 | 16:01

Putin: Customs Union is more beneficial for Ukraine than EU zone

Putin: Customs Union is more beneficial for Ukraine than EU zone

Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin declares that joining the Customs Union is more beneficial for Ukraine than integration into European zone.

The Russian premier doubts that Ukraine will join the EU under conditions of such problems in the European zone. “It is absolutely unreal, but as a strategy quite possible,” he said in Sochi.

At the same time he underlined that here comes a question of economic practicability. According to Putin, Ukraine should use benefits from cooperation of Ukraine’s and Russia’s economies, including advantages of common transport and energy, common mentality and culture, as well as absence of language barrier.

“These and other factors will secure competitiveness of Ukrainian and Russian economies, as well as of other participants of the Customs Union. I believe that aspirations to integrate into another side are rather of political and emotional character,  because if they look at the numbers it would become obvious that the Customs Union is more beneficial,” Putin pointed out.

In addition, the RUssian premier noted that the Customs Unon would integrate into common European space. According to him, French president Nicolas Sarkozy once declared an intention to create common EuroRussian economic area.

“One does not clashes with another, but of course we cannot impose anything on our partners. We will cooperate with Ukraine in any case,” Putin summed up.

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European Commissioner: EU and Ukraine are on the final stages of negotiations on Association

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News / 16 September 2011 | 15:30

European Commissioner: EU and Ukraine are on the final stages of negotiations on Association

European Commissioner: EU and Ukraine are on the final stages of negotiations on Association

Ukraine and the European Union achieved a significant progress in negotiations on Association Agreement signing and passed to the final stage of the process, announced EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle at the meeting with President of Ukraine on Friday, September 16, at the 8th YES Yalta Annual Meeting “Ukraine and the World: Common Challenges, Common Future”, according to UNIAN.

“A lot is achieved, passed to the final stage of signing of the Association Agreement. The quality of relations between Ukraine and the European Union depends not only on progress at the negotiating table,” said Štefan Füle.

In turn, Viktor Yanukovych stressed that he would like to discuss once more the agenda of EU – Ukraine relations and the issue of future conferences of the Eastern Partnership and to determine what can be done together on this way.

Štefan Füle praised the opportunities provided for communication by Yalta Annual Meeting. In his view, it is “very useful and unique event.” “We are all grateful for this opportunity because it’s really something unique,” he added.

Štefan Füle said that this year at the Yalta Annual Meeting gathered together representatives of different organizations of the European Union. “The positive is that during the discussion we can focus on certain points, very important for EU – Ukraine relations,” he said.

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Ukraine doubts CIS can create free trade area, says first vice-premier

Posted by the Editor on September 16, 2011


News / 16 September 2011 | 15:00

Ukraine doubts CIS can create free trade area, says first vice-premier

Ukraine doubts CIS can create free trade area, says first vice-premier

Ukraine is ready to sign an agreement on the creation of a free trade area with the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), but the constant delay in its signing casts doubt on the ability of the CIS to create such an area, First Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Kliuyev said.

“I’m wondering whether this agreement will be signed… I think it’s unlikely be signed,” he said on Friday at the 8th Yalta Annual Meeting entitled “Ukraine and World: Common Challenges, Common Future,” Interfax-Ukraine reported.

Kliuyev noted that the agreement was prepared for signature two months ago at a meeting of the CIS heads of government, but the signing had again failed to take place.

The 8th Yalta Annual Meeting entitled “Ukraine and the World: Common Challenges, Common Future,” which was organized by the Yalta European Strategy (YES), in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, is taking place at the Livadia Palace in Yalta on September 15-18.

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Yanukovych: World community should unite to strengthen security

Posted by the Editor on September 16, 2011


News / 16 September 2011 | 14:30

Yanukovych: World community should unite to strengthen security

Yanukovych: World community should unite to strengthen security

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych is convinced that one of the most important tasks of the world community is to strengthen the international security and to elaborate common approaches to solve modern problems, stated Head of State on Friday, September 16, during his speech at 8th YES Yalta Annual Meeting.

“We need a new, more effective mechanism of international cooperation that guarantees each country’s security – from East to West. It is no secret that the situation around international security regimes providing strategic stability for decades has deteriorated,” President noted.

Viktor Yanukovych is convinced that it is necessary to strengthen the influence of international security institutions, first of all that of the UN and the OSCE.

“We live in a post-aligned world and have to find new formulas of ensuring its safe development. Therefore, the importance of global mechanisms of coordinating different countries’ positions and developing common approaches to tackle the problems of modernity is growing,” President emphasized.

“It is necessary to optimize the system of consultations and agreements at the international level. Central to the agenda of such meetings should be the questions of strengthening international security, and global financial-economic and resource-energy problems,” Viktor Yanukovych noted.

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