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Zurabov: Russia guarantees to transport 60 bcm of gas through Ukrainian GTS

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News / 29 April 2013 | 17:00

Zurabov: Russia guarantees to transport 60 bcm of gas through Ukrainian GTS

Zurabov: Russia guarantees to transport 60 bcm of gas through Ukrainian GTS

Russia will commit to transport at least 60 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas through the Ukrainian transport system if a bilateral gas transport consortium is created with Ukraine, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov told a briefing on Monday in Kyiv.
“We are considering as the most promising option the creation of a bilateral gas consortium in which Russia will take on the commitment to transport a certain quantity of gas – tentatively at least 60 bcm – through the Ukrainian gas transport system,” he said.
He explained that if the pumping volume is less than 60 billion cubic meters of gas per year, it will not allow keeping the Ukrainian gas transportation system in good condition.

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Prysiazhniuk: Farmers will complete sowing of basic spring crops by mid-May

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News / 29 April 2013 | 16:55

Prysiazhniuk: Farmers will complete sowing of basic spring crops by mid-May

Prysiazhniuk: Farmers will complete sowing of basic spring crops by mid-May

Ukraine has almost completed the sowing of basic spring grain and leguminous crops, which will be completed by mid-May. As of today, more than five million hectares or 62% of the projected area have been already sowed, agricultural policy and food minister Mykola Prysiazhnyuk declared.
The minister also noted that this year the farmers have better resource provision to complete successfully the sowing campaign compared to previous years.
He also said that the agribusiness companies are attracting actively financial resources for spring field work. They have already attracted loans worth six billion hryvnia.
In addition, Prysiazhniuk stressed that the sowing of winter crops is being constantly monitored.

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Observer status allows assess pros and cons, Boiko says

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News / 29 April 2013 | 16:40

Observer status allows assess pros and cons, Boiko says

Observer status allows assess pros and cons, Boiko says

The Customs Union countries are important trade partners of Ukraine. For further development of cooperation with them, Ukraine strives for getting observer status in the Customs Union and studies the processes, occurring in this association. Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Yuri Boiko said in interview to the Inter Ukrainian TV channel.

“The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych instructed to study the experience of the countries of the Customs Union. For us, it is essential, at least not to lose the level of trade turnover with these countries – today it is more than 60 billion dollars. We should have an observer status to fully understand what happens and not to lose trade turnover. Today there are negotiations on granting Ukraine observer status at the Eurasian Economic Commission,” Boiko noted.

Vice Prime Minister added that negotiations now take place on a bilateral basis.

“We are now negotiating bilaterally with our partners: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia. After this process is completed, we will negotiate with the Eurasian Commission,” he said.

Boiko added that there have been made a lot of statements about cooperation between Ukraine and the Customs Union and the European Union, but most of them have been purely political and not based on economic calculations.

He noted that observer status will allow Ukraine to accurately assess the pros and cons of the Customs Union.

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Four killed in Prague blast

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News / 29 April 2013 | 16:25

Four killed in Prague blast

Four killed in Prague blast

Three or four people may have been killed and some 40 injured after a powerful explosion tore through a building in the center of the Czech capital Prague on Monday, Zdenek Schwarz, head of the rescue service in Prague, was quoted by Czech TV as saying, RIA Novosti informs.
The explosion took place around 10 a.m. local time in a building on Divadelní Street in Prague’s Old Town, close to the river. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear but some reports said there was a gas leak in the building, Radio Prague said earlier.
Response teams including fire fighters, ambulances and police arrived at the scene within minutes of the explosion, the city’s emergency services said.
The police have cordoned off the area.
The blast shattered windows in nearby buildings and forced the evacuation of the area.

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Cabinet approves forecast gas balance for 2013

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News / 29 April 2013 | 16:10

Cabinet approves forecast gas balance for 2013

Cabinet approves forecast gas balance for 2013

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the forecast balance of income and distribution of natural gas for 2013, energy and coal industry minister of Eduard Stavytsky told journalists.
“We have adopted the forecast balance. Now we are finalizing it in working order,” the minister said.
According to him, the forecast volume of consumption may reach 60 billion cubic meters. “Throughout the country, the balance of Ukraine amounts to 60 billion cubic meters,” Stavytsky noted.

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Arbuzov: Ukraine interested in boosting trade with EU

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News / 29 April 2013 | 15:49

Arbuzov: Ukraine interested in boosting trade with EU

Arbuzov: Ukraine interested in boosting trade with EU

Establishment and launch of a free trade area between Ukraine and the EU will promote to the development of local agroindustrial complex, as well as help expand the Ukrainian food products in the European market, first vice Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov said during today’s meeting with Mr. Dacian Ciolos, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

“Beginning of the functioning of deep and comprehensive free trade area between Ukraine and the EU will be an important factor for our countries, including in terms of the development of the agricultural sector and its participation in the global supply chain of food. Ukrainian party expects to intensify agricultural trade with the EU countries,” Arbuzov said.

He also noted that Ukraine actively reforms its sanitary and phytosanitary standards, harmonizing them with the EU standards to expand access of the Ukrainian food products to the EU market. First vice Prime Minister stressed the importance of access of the Ukrainian producers of poultry and dairy products to the markets. Arbuzov said that Ukraine is interested in reforming and modernizing its agricultural sector, and therefore relies on the commitment of the European Commission in attracting additional investment in this sector.

 

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May holidays will not influence payment of pensions

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News / 29 April 2013 | 15:31

May holidays will not influence payment of pensions

May holidays will not influence payment of pensions

Pensions will be paid on time in May in spite of a series of holidays of national importance, deputy chairman of the Pension Fund Board of Ukraine Valentyna Nikitenko told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.
“Authorities of pension provision will work in May in a normal mode to ensure timely payment and financing of pensions. The first payments will begin on Saturday, May 4 and will continue until May 25,” Nikitenko said, noting that the postal and banking units will be funded as well.
She also noted that, according to the decree of the President, the payment of pensions to veterans and disabled veterans occurs by the 10th of each month.
According to her, today’s average pension in Ukraine is 1474 UAH, which is by 195 UAH more than in April of 2012.

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Two million Ukrainians going abroad during May holidays

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News / 29 April 2013 | 15:14

Two million Ukrainians going abroad during May holidays

Two million Ukrainians going abroad during May holidays

About two million Ukrainians will leave the country during the May holidays, head of the border control and registration department of the State Border Service Oleksandr Binkovsky told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.
“Nearly two million people will cross uniquely the state borders, including 10-15% of children,” he said.
According to him, the largest number of Ukrainians will use air transport and road crossing points with Poland, Moldova, Belarus and Russia.
At the same time, according to Binkovsky, the number of those wishing to travel by train will amount only to 15%.

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