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Azarov invited European lawyers to follow Tymoshenko’s trial

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News / 15 May 2012 | 18:27

Azarov invited European lawyers to follow Tymoshenko's trial

Azarov invited European lawyers to follow Tymoshenko’s trial

Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov has proposed judicial services of EU to take part in the appeal on Yulia Tymoshenko’s case.

“The consideration of the appeal is beginning, and we ready to invite judicial services of EU to study the materials and to attend the hearings to know the case,” he told a press conference in Brussels. According to Azarov, “the matter is not about persecution of the opposition, but about supremacy of law.”

“Everyone is equal before the law, including former PM. We are not persecuting anyone for political views,” Azarov added and assured that Tymoshenko had committed a crime.
According to the Premier, because of the contract, signed by Tymoshenko, Ukraine has to overpay about eight billion dollars annually.

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Tymoshenko’s doctor returns to Germany

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News / 15 May 2012 | 17:40

Tymoshenko's doctor returns to Germany

Tymoshenko’s doctor returns to Germany

The doctor of former PM Yulia Tymoshenko, Dr. Lutz Harms of “Charite” clinic will be replaced with another specialist, Dr. Harms told a briefing outside Kharkiv hospital, where Tymoshenko is being treated.

“I cannot stay here the whole time. I will be replaced by my colleague,” he said. Dr. Harms informed he would be replaced by a female doctor, but did not specify when the rotation would take place.

“It was planned from the very beginning. None of “Charite” doctors can stay for several weeks, for this we have a system of rotation,” Dr. Harms said.

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OSCE experts to estimate preparations for elections in Ukraine May 22-25

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News / 15 May 2012 | 17:06

OSCE experts to estimate preparations for elections in Ukraine May 22-25

OSCE experts to estimate preparations for elections in Ukraine May 22-25

An expert mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights will arrive in Ukraine on May 22 to assess preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections, Oleh Voloshyn, director of the MFA Information Policy Department, told a briefing in Kyiv Tuesday.

“This is a special mission that traditionally arrives at our invitation, whose function is assessment of preparations for the elections,” Voloshyn said, UKRINFORM reported.

The expert mission will stay in Ukraine until May 25 this year. It will include Beata Martin-Rozumilowicz, OSCE/ODIHR election department head, Simon Dzhakaev, senior advisor to the International Secretariat of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and Lusine Badalyan, OSCE/ODIHR election adviser.

According to Voloshyn, the main task of the mission is to identify the needs of the delegation of observers who will come to the Verkhovna Rada elections in October this year.

The diplomat noted that the official election campaign has not yet started in Ukraine, but the OSCE is holding comprehensive monitoring. The organization will assess the situation in the media space, evaluate the quality of the electoral legislation and monitor the status of preparations for the parliamentary elections.

Voloshyn added that the visit of the OSCE mission is the initiative of the Ukrainian side, because Ukraine is interested in “maximum efficient implementation of the OSCE observers’ mission in October.”

“Only a balanced and top-quality monitoring of the elections will help make the most balanced assessment of compliance or non-compliance of the electoral process with the high European democratic standards. We are interested in seeing that this be done by experts and specialists, not the people who have certain political interests on this occasion,” Voloshyn said.

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Russia cannot decide on Ukrainian cheese

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News / 15 May 2012 | 16:50

Russia cannot decide on Ukrainian cheese

Russia cannot decide on Ukrainian cheese

Export of Ukrainian cheese to the Russian Federation has not been renewed, agrarian minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk told a briefing. “We still do not have the permission,” he said.

The official informed that Rospotrebnadzor continues lab examination of production of four Ukrainian enterprises, and after receiving the results will decide on renewal of supplies. Prysiazhniuk also underlined that before the shipping to Russia the production had passed lab examination in Ukraine, which proved all requirements are met.

“Today-tomorrow we will get the official conclusions, after which the Russian side will decide what enterprises and under which conditions can export Ukrainian cheese,” the minister said.

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Health Ministry: Tymoshenko refuses to undergo medical procedures

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News / 15 May 2012 | 16:20

Health Ministry: Tymoshenko refuses to undergo medical procedures

Health Ministry: Tymoshenko refuses to undergo medical procedures

Former PM of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, who is being treated in Kharkiv hospital under supervision of German doctor, has refused to continue treatment, deputy health minister Oleksandr Tolstanov told a briefing.

“There was an improvement. Tymoshenko started to eat more and started to feel better, but unfortunately the German profession informed me that Tymoshenko refuses to follow medical procedures,” the deputy minister said.

The official noted that during the day medical workers proposed her repeatedly to continue treatment, but she refused. “It has been documented, of course,” he said.

According to Tolstanov, Tymoshenko motivates her refusal by the fact that mass media published the list of medical procedures Tymoshenko must undergo.

Tymoshenko’s daughter Eugenia confirmed during the briefing that some mass media illegally published confidential data about her mother. Tolstanov denied any allegations that Health Ministry officials made public the official information about Tymoshenko.

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FM: One cannot boycott an event he has not been invited to

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News / 15 May 2012 | 15:40

FM: One cannot boycott an event he has not been invited to

FM: One cannot boycott an event he has not been invited to

Foreign Ministry of Ukraine believes that European politicians will not boycott the final matches of Euro-2012 tournament, being held in Ukraine, head of the liaison department of the Foreign Ministry Oleh Voloshyn told a briefing commenting on no decision made during yesterday’s meeting of EU council on foreign affairs.

Voloshyn also expressed Ukraine’s gratitude to those politicians who spoke against the boycott and who said that any kind of Ukraine’s isolation will harm the development of democracy in Ukraine and will not solve the problems existing between the partners.

“If to speak about the invitation, we have not invited anybody, as the Ukrainian authorities have a limited quota for invitations. It is national federations, who are in charge. And if a German politician is invited, but refuses to come, he refuses the invitation from his own football federation, not from the President of Ukraine,” Voloshyn added.

According to the official, Ukraine’s FM is surprised with boycott announcements by the countries, which have failed to enter the final part of the championship.

“It looks like I am boycotting the birthday party I have not been even invited to,” he added.

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Speaker does not like Kolesnichenko’s draft bill on languages

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News / 15 May 2012 | 14:44

Speaker does not like Kolesnichenko's draft bill on languages

Speaker does not like Kolesnichenko’s draft bill on languages

Speaker of Ukraine’s parliament Volodymyr Lytvyn declares that the draft bill by MP Vadym Kolesnichenko on state language policy divides Ukrainian society, ForUm correspondent reports.

“I asked MPs to study the recommendations of European structures and then express opinion on the document,” he said. Lytvyn believes that the norm of the draft bill, which gives the language minorities the same rights as the bearers of the state language, meet the European practice, but in the Ukrainian reality may result into tension within the society.

“This norm has been taken from the European practice, but we must determine how many people actually declare other language, apart from the state one. Another question is money. Though the draft bill provides for no additional spending from the state budget, I believe it won’t be like this. We will have to spend bunch of money to put into practice this law. But the main point is that though everyone must have a right to speak native language, we should not forget that we live in Ukraine and we must have common state language, otherwise we would never be a united nation,” Lytyvn summed up.

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Verkhovna Rada planning to broaden powers of Premier and First Vice Premier

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News / 15 May 2012 | 14:20

Verkhovna Rada planning to broaden powers of Premier and First Vice Premier

Verkhovna Rada planning to broaden powers of Premier and First Vice Premier

The Verkhovna Rada adopted a draft law in the first reading on making amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine” (regarding distribution of authorities).

250 people’s deputies voted for the government’s draft law No. 10274, UKRINFORM report.

According to proposed amendments, Prime Minister, First Vice Prime Minister and Vice Prime Ministers, if they do not head any ministry and state collegiate bodies will have a right to submit draft acts of the Cabinet for the government’s consideration.

“The aim of this draft law is normative legal maintenance of the Cabinet’s authority regarding division of powers among First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Vice Prime Ministers of Ukraine in case that they do not head ministries, as well as state collegiate bodies,” a statement of the Verkhovna Rada information department reads.

People’s deputies also voted for preparation of this draft law for the second reading according to the abbreviated procedure – to the second plenary week (May 22-25).

To remind, First Vice Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovsky is the only person who heads no ministry. The rest of Premiers, such as Borys Kolesnikov, Serhiy Tihipko and Raisa Boharyriova are respectively heading the Infrastructure Ministry, the Social Policy Ministry and the Health Ministry.

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