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Party of Region not to fight for parliamentary rostrum

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News / 12 January 2012 | 17:20

Party of Region not to fight for parliamentary rostrum

Party of Region not to fight for parliamentary rostrum

Today’s evening session of the parliament will not take place. BYuT faction intends to continue blocking the parliamentary rostrum, BYuT faction leader Andriy Kozhemiakin told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

“The Party of Regions is collecting its voting cards, hence they’ve decided not to compromise – not to form a commission and not to work. Our faction will continue blocking the rostrum till 6:15 pm. Then we will hold a meeting what to do tomorrow,” Kozhemiakin said.

In response to the statement by BYuT faction leader, the chairman of the Party of Regions faction Oleksandr Yefremov said: “For the first time in five years we have observed very incorrect action. On Kozhemiakin’s request we were gathered in speaker’s office for a meeting at 3:45 pm, but at 3:50 Kozhemiakin left for blocking the rostrum. It’s not right with regards to colleagues. He said one thing, but did quite the opposite. Second thing – if they’ve decided to keep blocking the rostrum we have no urgent matters to consider. The parliament has fulfilled the program of this session. Now we are just finishing some draft bills. So, let them block the rostrum as long as they want. We are not going to initiate any incidents.”

According to Yefremov, the Party of Regions is not going to re-block the rostrum, but intends to work in committees. “We are not going to guard them. They can have the whole night. Tomorrow we will work n accordance with agenda,” the MP added.

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Ukrainian cheese producers call Rospotrebnadzor claims unsubstantiated

Posted by the Editor on January 12, 2012


News / 12 January 2012 | 17:00

Ukrainian cheese producers call Rospotrebnadzor claims unsubstantiated

Ukrainian cheese producers call Rospotrebnadzor claims unsubstantiated

All the grudges of the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Chief Health Officer of the Russian Federation Gennady Onischenko against the Ukrainian cheese delivered to Russia are unfounded and baseless, according to Vadym Chaharovsky, chairman of the board of directors of the Union of Dairy Enterprises of Ukraine, UKRINFORM reported.

“I think those are unfounded and subjective statements. It is not clear according to what methods it was checked. There could be many questions to ask Mr. Onischenko… I wish that this statement was seen as a personal statement by the Russian official, not as an official position of the Government of the Russian Federation,” Vadym Chaharovsky said.

He also expressed doubt that Ukrainian dairy companies “would like to lose this market segment again.”

As reported, Gennady Onischenko said his agency, having analyzed the situation in the dairy products segment of the consumer market, concluded that “in the fourth quarter of 2011, there was a marked deterioration in consumer properties of the cheeses shipped from Ukraine.” In particular, the point at issue is an excess of palm oil in the cheese, which comes to Russia from some Ukrainian producers.

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BYuT MPs blocked parliamentary rostrum

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News / 12 January 2012 | 16:30

BYuT MPs blocked parliamentary rostrum

BYuT MPs blocked parliamentary rostrum

Members of BYuT faction have blocked the parliamentary rostrum before the start of the evening session, ForUm correspondent reports.

BYuT insists on the formation of an investigation commission regarding the incident happened with Yulia Tymoshenko on January 6, when she allegedly fainted in her cell. The opposition also demands to let Canadian doctors to examine the former PM.
 
Leaders of the palriamentary factions have left for conciliatory board meeting together with speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn, during which they plan to consider the opposition demands.

The evening session of the parliament scheduled for 6 pm has not started yet.

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Gazprom insists Ukraine pay for 80% of contracted gas

Posted by the Editor on January 12, 2012


News / 12 January 2012 | 16:01

Gazprom insists Ukraine pay for 80% of contracted gas

Gazprom insists Ukraine pay for 80% of contracted gas

Ukraine is allowed to reduce gas imports from Russia in 2012 by no more than 20 percent under an existing contract between the two states, Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom said on Thursday.

The bilateral contract on gas purchases in 2009-2019 signed between Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukraina does not stipulate unilateral changes in gas purchase volumes. “The annual contracted amount may be changed upon agreement between the parties at least six months before the commencement of the corresponding year of deliveries. An agreement on changes in the contracted volume must be made in writing,” Gazprom said in a statement, citing clause 2.2.3 of the contract, RIA Novosti reports.

The original 2009 gas contract stipulated annual gas purchases of 52 billion cubic meters by Ukraine. Supplements made to the contract reduced the contracted amount of gas to be supplied to Ukraine in 2010 to 33 billion cubic metes in the wake of the Ukrainian 2008-2009 financial crisis.
Last year, Ukraine purchased 40 billion cubic meters from Russia.

Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said that the parties had not signed any documents on changes in the contracted volume of Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine.

“I would like to stress that the Ukrainian side has never raised the issue of volume cuts in numerous negotiations on Russian gas price reduction. Also, under the contract, the annual change in delivery many not exceed 20 percent. In 2012, the contracted delivery volume is 52 bcm and even theoretically may not be lowered to 27 bcm,” Kupriyanov said.

The contract stipulates penalties for Ukraine’s failure to purchase no less than 80 percent of the annual contracted volume. Based on the contracted volume of 52 bcm, Ukraine must pay for at least 41.6 bcm in 2012.

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Yanukovych proposes to introduce trial jury

Posted by the Editor on January 12, 2012


News / 12 January 2012 | 15:30

Yanukovych proposes to introduce trial jury

Yanukovych proposes to introduce trial jury

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych proposes to introduce the institute of trial jury, President’s aid Andriy Portnov told a briefing.

According to Portnov, such initiative is included into the draft bill on Criminal Procedure Code, submitted by the President.

The document foresees that suspects of grave crimes, who face life sentence, can demand the trial jury. The jury will consist of two judges and three jurors. Candidates for jury will be nominated by local communities, and automatic system will determine seven candidatures. After the challenge procedure a court will announce three jurors, who will be granted guarantees of judges, including immunity, for the trial period.

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Ukrainian-Russian relations should not depend on sanitary services

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News / 12 January 2012 | 15:00

Ukrainian-Russian relations should not depend on sanitary services

Ukrainian-Russian relations should not depend on sanitary services

Ukrainian-Russian relations should not depend on people, engaged with food quality control, spokesman of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Oleksandr Dykusarov told a briefing commenting on the ‘animal’ statement by Russian chief of public health service Gennady Onishchenko, ForUm correspondent reports.

“In general, this question is outside the competence of the Ministry on Foreign Affairs,” Dukusarov said in particular and reminded that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko said on his page on Twitter that Russia’s chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko should apologize to Ukraine for his remarks.

“Russia has a very professional Foreign Affairs Ministry and very highly-qualified diplomats. We believe that Ukrainian-Russian relations should be handled by highly professional diplomats, rather than by people who control the quality of certain products and are engaged in cleanliness at public eating establishments,” Dykusarov summed up.

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Ukraine’s FM hopes for further good relations with Czech Republic

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News / 12 January 2012 | 14:39

Ukraine's FM hopes for further good relations with Czech Republic

Ukraine’s FM hopes for further good relations with Czech Republic

Granting Yulia Tymoshenko’s husband with the status of a refugee in  Czech Republic does not have any political implications, spokesman of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Oleksandr Dykusarov told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

“The situation with granting Yulia Tymoshenko’s husband with the status of a refugee does not have any political implications, as Czech legislation does not have such norm as ‘political asylum’,” Dykusarov noted.

The official informed that Oleksandr Tymoshenko had indeed been granted with the status of a refugee and applied for it on his own will.

According to Dykusarov, Foreign Ministry of Ukraine hopes this situation will not affect the Ukrainian-Czech relations.

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Ukraine may face change of climate

Posted by the Editor on January 12, 2012


News / 12 January 2012 | 14:22

Ukraine may face change of climate

Ukraine may face change of climate

In December of the last year the average temperature in Ukraine exceeded the norm by 3-5 degrees, head of the Meteorological Office Mykola Kulbida told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to the official, the same tendency continues in January. Among the reasons of such warm weather, Kulbida named the domination of relatively warm air masses over the territory of Ukraine, arrived from the Atlantic.

The official says that the weather in December and January proves tendencies of climate warming in the region.

Kulbida pointed out that if such tendency remains for the next 50 years Ukraine must think now about the reformation of separate sectors of economy. The official explained that already now the authorities should think about re-zoning of a number of agricultural plantations, as climate warming may bring droughts, especially in zones of plains and forest-steppe. “It is possible the climate in theses zones will become sub-tropical, as in Bulgaria or north of Greece,” the meteorologist said.

According to Kulbida, now is also the time to think about future fresh water deficit.

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