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Italy confirms extradition of opposition member Avakov, BYuT asks Italian government to release the detainee

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2012


News / 30 March 2012 | 17:00

Italy confirms extradition of opposition member Avakov, BYuT asks Italian government to release the detainee

Italy confirms extradition of opposition member Avakov, BYuT asks Italian government to release the detainee

A leading Ukrainian opposition figure who has been detained in Italy is trying to remain in that country rather than going on trial in Ukraine.

A friend and political supporter of Avakov, Audrius Butkevichus, says the former Kharkiv governor wants to be tried in Italy because he thinks he will not get a fair trial in Ukraine.

Ukrainian prosecutors said this week they were working to secure Avakov’s extradition from Italy.
Interpol’s bureau in Rome has confirmed that former head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration and the leader of the Kharkiv regional branch of the Batkivschyna Party Arsen Avakov has been arrested for extradition.

“Our judicial authority in Rome has confirmed the temporary arrest of the mentioned person [Avakov] for the purpose of extradition to your country on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by the judicial authority in Kharkiv on January 31, 2012,” Interpol’s bureau in Rome said in an official response to Interpol’s bureau in Kyiv, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

Avakov’s supporters say the case against him is politically motivated. BYuT-Batkivshchyna Party has decided to ask the Italian government to release Arsen Avakov.

Such a decision was unanimously taken by the representatives of the Batkivshchyna Party at its sixth congress in Kyiv on Friday.

“We are asking the Italian government to release Arsen Avakov, objectively consider his case and to ignore the lies being spread by the Prosecutor General’s Office,” the party’s first deputy head, Oleksandr Turchynov, said.

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Price for gas supplied via LNG terminal will be less against Russian gas price for Ukraine – official

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2012


News / 30 March 2012 | 16:27

Price for gas supplied via LNG terminal will be less against Russian gas price for Ukraine - official

Price for gas supplied via LNG terminal will be less against Russian gas price for Ukraine – official

A price for gas for Ukrainian consumers, supplied via LNG terminal, will be lower against the Russian gas price.

Chairman of the State Agency for Investments and National Projects Management Vladyslav Kaskiv has said answering journalists’ questions following the public presentation of the feasibility study of the national project LNG Terminal Friday in Kyiv, UKRINFORM reports.

“We absolutely reasonably assert that a price for gas which will be supplied to the terminal for consumers – for NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, or any other consumers, will be less against a price, which we receive today according to the monopoly contract with Gazprom,” Kaskiv has said.

According to him, this conviction comes only from economic calculations. “This is pure economy,” Kaskiv says. He emphasized that a key factor is that Ukraine invites private companies for realization of this project. “And this is minus corruption, an increase of the range of partners and ensuring stability – this is simply the market, this is the economy, but the economy, which allows solving the key political task of Ukraine,”

Kaskiv informed that LNG Terminal will not be a purchaser of gas. According to him, gas will be purchased either by NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine or other purchasers on the market, which will independently conclude contracts. “This is the main idea, so that we ruined the monopoly, currently existing on the Ukrainian gas market, diversified suppliers and consumers, formed the whole system of direct contract relations and actually created the normal European market,” the State Agency Chairman noted.

As the agency informed, according to the feasibility study of the LNG Terminal project construction, it is planned to be located in the vicinity of the city of Yuzhny on the Black Sea shore of Ukraine, by the oil terminal of OJSC Ukrtransnafta and the commercial seaport Yuzhny. The rated capacity of the terminal makes up 10 billion cu m a year. The construction cost is estimated at EUR 846 million.

The terminal construction is planned in two stages. At the first stage, it is envisaged to construct one floating unit for regasification and gas storage with maximum capacity of 5 billion cu m a year, which will be constantly moored until completion of the LNG Terminal construction.

At the second stage, it is planned to construct the shore terminal for receipt of LNG tankers, fit for unloading of large LNG tankers of 178,000 cu m capacity, with total storage volume of 540,000 cu m (three reservoirs with capacity reaching by 180,000 cu m each) and with supply capacity of 10 billion cu m a year.

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European Union, Ukraine initial Association Agreement, including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2012


News / 30 March 2012 | 16:00

European Union, Ukraine initial Association Agreement, including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area

European Union, Ukraine initial Association Agreement, including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area

At the 15th EU-Ukraine Summit in December 2011, the leaders of the European Union and Ukraine announced that they had finalized negotiations on an Association Agreement aimed at establishing political association and economic integration between the European Union and Ukraine. This Agreement will replace the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement, in force since 1998, as the contractual basis of their relations. At the Summit, the leaders also instructed their Chief Negotiators to initial the Agreement as soon as possible.

Today the Chief Negotiators of the European Union and Ukraine initialled the text of the Association Agreement, which will include provisions on the establishment of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area as an integral part. In this context, Chief Trade Negotiators from both sides confirmed their agreement, reached on 22 December 2011, on the substance of the DCFTA, undertaking to complete the legal verification of the text, including technical annexes and protocols, EU press office reports.

Both sides expressed their common commitment to undertake further technical steps, required to prepare conclusion of the Association Agreement.

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Justice Minister stands against death penalty

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2012


News / 30 March 2012 | 15:36

Justice Minister stands against death penalty

Justice Minister stands against death penalty

Justice Minister Oleksandr lavrynivych does not support the introduction of death penalty in Ukraine, he told a press conference in Poltava.

According to the Minister, after infamous murders, scandals and other crimes in the country people start talking about the return of death penalty. “The common sense says that a person cannot take someone’s life, only God can,” Lavrynovych declared.

The Minster believes that the focus should be brought on severity of punishments.

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President: Ukraine’s development program should take global trends into account

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2012


News / 30 March 2012 | 14:50

President: Ukraine's development program should take global trends into account

President: Ukraine’s development program should take global trends into account

The Program of development of Ukraine should take into account modern global trends, be proactive, and offer a long-term strategy of building the state President Viktor Yanukovych said at a meeting on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the National Institute for Strategic Studies, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

According to the President, the priority of domestic policy is deep systemic modernization of the country – the economy, social policy, public administration, humanitarian sphere. In foreign policy, it is important to develop ties with the EU, USA, and Russia. “Europe is definitely experiencing difficult times. But our course towards European integration remains unchanged,” he said.

It is also important to strengthen cooperation with Asia-Pacific countries that are actively developing, Viktor Yanukovych said. The President reminded that during the last two years he has visited several countries in the region, including China, South Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam. “During the official visits and numerous meetings with political and business elites, we were able to lay the foundation for real cooperation and partnership,” said Viktor Yanukovych.

It is important now to take advantage of the opportunities opened for Ukraine in the region, the President said. “We have set ourselves an ambitious goal to combine our European aspirations with the plans of global partnership,” he said.

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PACE Monitoring co-rapporteurs met Yuriy Lutsenko in prison

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2012


News / 30 March 2012 | 14:10

PACE Monitoring co-rapporteurs met Yuriy Lutsenko in prison

PACE Monitoring co-rapporteurs met Yuriy Lutsenko in prison

Mailis Reps and Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin, co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Ukraine by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) met in prison former Ukrainian Minister of the Interior Yuriy Lutsenko, PACE press office reported.

Noting the concerns about his health, the co-rapporteurs called on the authorities to provide all necessary expertise to properly diagnose and treat his illness.

The co-rapporteurs expressed their will to continue searching for a solution for the former government members who have been detained and whose trials have been a matter of great concern for the Parliamentary Assembly, as expressed in Resolution 1862 (2012) on “the functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine”, passed in January.

Following the visit to Ukraine the co-rapporteurs told a press conference the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) no longer considers the possibility of imposing sanctions against Ukraine.

“There is some disagreement as to which sanctions could be imposed. Nothing has currently been done. It is proposed to deprive [Ukraine] of the right of vote or membership. But we have not reached this stage,” PACE Monitoring Committee co-rapporteur on Ukraine Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin said at a press conference at UKRINFORM.

Another PACE co-rapporteur, Mailis Reps, said that the introduction of sanctions was not in the interests of Ukraine and the PACE. At the same time, she noted that talks on the introduction of sanctions would be appropriate if the Ukrainian side does not agree to hold an active dialogue.
PACE Monitoring Committee delegation will return to Ukraine in May.

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Tymoshenko calls upon opposition to unite, Lutsenko’s party responds with announcement of merge with Batkivshchyna

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2012


News / 30 March 2012 | 13:39

Tymoshenko calls upon opposition to unite, Lutsenko's party responds with announcement of merge with Batkivshchyna

Tymoshenko calls upon opposition to unite, Lutsenko’s party responds with announcement of merge with Batkivshchyna

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko is urging all opposition groups to unite into one political party to ensure victory in the parliamentary elections and power change in Ukraine.

“Today I ask and beg you for one thing only: unite, forget about all the discrepancies, about ambitions, about narrow party interests, about ideological differences. Lock them up, give them to your opponents, lose them, hide them, throw them away and forget about them. This is the last thing you need today. They are expired goods. They’re not necessary,” Yulia Tymoshenko wrote in her address to the delegates at today’s Batkivshchyna party congress,Tymoshenko’s official website reports.

Yuriy Lutsenko’s People’s Self-Defense (PSD) has supported Yulia Tymoshenko’s call for uniting the opposition and merged with the Batkivshchyna Party, reads an address of the PSD leader Yuriy Lutsenko to the delegates of the 11th Congress of the Batkivshchyna Party, read out by his brother Serhiy.

The 11th Congress of the Batkivshchyna Party convened at the Teacher’s House in Kyiv on Friday.
143 delegates are taking part in the congress. First deputy chairman of Batkivshchyna Oleksandr Turchynov, first deputy chairman of the BYuT-Batkivshchyna parliamentary faction Serhiy Sobolev, as well as Front for Change leader Arseniy Yatseniuk and People’s Rukh leader Borys Tarasiuk, are present at the congress.

According to Turchynov, the congress is also attended by representatives of foreign diplomatic missions and public organizations.

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Russia reduces volumes of gas transit via Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on March 30, 2012


News / 30 March 2012 | 13:00

Russia reduces volumes of gas transit via Ukraine

Russia reduces volumes of gas transit via Ukraine

Russian gas transit volume to Europe via Ukraine has fallen by half to 200 million cubic meters from the planned 400 million cu m in the past two days, Ukraine’s Naftogaz energy firm Deputy Board Chairman Vadim Chuprun said on Friday.

“Yesterday short deliveries [from Russia] amounted to 180 million cubic meters… while today they stood at 200 million cu m,” Chuprun said.

The shortfall in deliveries was linked with lower demand from European consumers.

“It may be because Europe does not need such volumes now,” Chuprun added.

Russia currently exports nearly 80 percent of its gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine, but Russian gas giant Gazprom has repeatedly said Kiev’s importance in gas transit will be minimal after the South Stream pipeline comes on stream in 2015 and the new North Stream pipeline’s capacity is increased.

Official representative of Gazprom Sergey Kupriyanov confirmed the reduction of gas volume transit via Ukraine, saying it is the first result of the redistribution of export volumes in favor of Belarus and new sea gas pipelines.
 
“These are just first results and we are at the beginning of a long way on redistribution of gas transit volumes in favor of our subsidiary company Beltruns and new sea routes,” Kupriyanov said. 

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